Speaking to Shana, Saeid Momeni, the director of
gas distribution department of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC), said the
company has signed a deal with the developer of the project based on which gas
supply to the plant will start by late May.
He added that gas supply project to the Chabahar
power plant is defined in two phases: the first phase supplies one million
cubic meters per day of the item to the plant while the second phase will
provide 2 million cubic meters per day of gas to the facility.
The main goal of gas supply to the southeastern parts
of Sistan and Baluchestan Province, in addition to gas supply to the Chabahar
power plant, is to provide favorable conditions for Iranian gas exports to
Oman, he noted.
In 2013, Iran and Oman signed a Memorandum of
Understanding on Natural Gas Exports by which a gas pipeline would directly
export Iran's natural gas to Oman through the Persian Gulf.
Based on the MOU, Iran will export gas to Oman
for production of annually 1.5 million tons of LNG.
The gas transfer capacity of the pipeline will be
1.5 billion cubic feet per day. A part of the capacity will be used for LNG
production and the remaining gas will be used for futures markets in Persian