By John Lee.
Tehran Times reports that Iraq is set to sign a new contract covering gas imports from Iran.
Deputy prime minister Hussain al-Shahristani (pictured) said a gas pipeline being built between Iran and Iraq could become operational in November.
The countries signed a four-year agreement in July for the supply of 850,000 Mcf/d of Iranian gas to Iraq's Mansuriya power plant in Diyala province and the Quds and Sadr plants in Baghdad province.
"These are short-term contracts just to give us time to run new power stations on gas till other oil production is increased to a point where we have sufficient associated gas to be used for domestic needs," Shahristani said.
He added that Iraq could begin exporting gas after 2018.
(Source: Tehran Times)