By John Lee.
Iran's PressTV reports that preliminary tests have been carried out over 50 kilometers of the final stretch of the pipeline from Assaluyeh, near Iran's offshore South Pars oil and gas field, to Iraq.
A spokesman for the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) said the next test will be carried out over the remaining 47 kilometers of the pipeline, running to the border city of Naftshahr, in the near future.
Exports will start once the final test has been carried out.
The two countries signed an agreement in July 2013 to transfer natural gas from Iran to the Iraqi power plants of Al-Baghdad and Al-Mansouriyah.