By John Lee.
The Iranian Deputy Oil Minister Javad Oji (Owji, Ouji) (pictured) has announced that the country will start exporting 40 million cubic meters (mcm) a day of natural gas to Iraq by summer 2013.
Iran's PressTV reports that an agreement has been reached to supply Iraq via two separate routes.
Construction of the “friendship” pipeline between Iran, Iraq and Syria has been under way since last year, with previous contracts requiring Iran to pump 20 mcm per day of natural gas to Iraq.
The pipeline will stretch from Assaluyeh, near the massive offshore South Pars Gas Field in southern Iran, and will continue into neighboring Iraq to feed three Iraqi power plants running on gas.