Iran has started exporting natural gas to neighboring Iraq, a senior Iranian oil official said.
Amir Hossein Zamaninia, deputy petroleum minister in international affairs and trading, said Iran’s export of natural gas to Iraq began Wednesday night, reported IRNA.
He said export of gas has begun at 7 million cubic meters/day and will reach 35mcm/d gradually.
The two OPEC-members neighbors have signed two agreements for gas supply to the two Iraqi cities of Baghdad and Basra.
Talks regarding gas export to Iraq began in 2010 and the two countries signed an agreement for gas supply to Baghdad in 2013.
Also in 2015, Hamid Reza Araqi, managing director of the National Iranian Gas Company, signed a deal with Iraq’s Khalid Hassan Saleh, deputy Iraqi minister of power, for gas supply to the Iraqi city of Basra.