By Patrick M Schmidt.
The Managing Director of the Iranian Gas Engineering and Development Company, Alireza Gharibi, said he expected tests to begin on the new Iran-Iraq gas pipeline by next month.
"Operations for the construction of Iran-Iraq gas pipeline are complete and we are now in the pre-startup testing phase, after which the pipeline will be ready to initiate test-run gas injection by early October," Gharibi told Fars News Agency on Saturday.
Given current security concerns in Iraq, he did not expect export to Iraq to begin until early next year. However, he left the final decision to senior officials in both countries.
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