Iran to increase gas exports: Deputy oil minister

Deputy Oil Minister Javad Owji

Deputy Oil Minister Javad Owji

Press TV -(Sun Apr 7, 2013) Iranian Deputy Oil Minister Javad Owji says the Islamic Republic plans to increase its gas exports in order to reduce its reliance on crude sales.

Owji, who is also the managing director of National Iranian Gas Company, made the remarks in an interview with Mehr News Agency on Sunday.
“By signing new deals to export gas to Turkey and Iraq, the capacity of Iran’s gas exports will increase from 35 million cubic meters to nearly 100 million cubic meters by next year,” the Iranian deputy oil minister stated.
“Despite extreme cold last year, gas exports to neighboring countries were not halted even for one day,” he added.
Iran, which sits on the world’s second largest natural gas reserves after Russia, has been trying to enhance its gas production by increasing foreign and domestic investment.
The Islamic Republic has 137.6 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, and 29.61 trillion cubic meters of proven gas reserves.

Fars NA -(Sun Apr 7, 2013) Official: Iran to Increase Gas Exports to 100 mcm/d Next Year

 Managing-Director of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) Javad Oji announced that Iran plans to increase the volume of its gas supplies to the neighboring countries to 100 million cubic meters per day (mcm/d) in 2014.
“By signing new deals to export gas to Turkey and Iraq, the capacity of Iran’s gas exports will increase from 35 million cubic meters to nearly 100 mcm/d next year,” Oji said on Sunday.
He noted the gas exports to neighboring countries have not been halted even for a day during last Iranian year (ended March 20).
Last year, Oji announced that Iran’s gas exports will reach 180 mcm/d in the next four years.
“Over the fifth five year development plan to 2015, 12 new phases of the South Pars Gas Field will be coming online, of which four phases have been allocated to LNG,” Oji said according to the oil ministry’s website, addressing the 25th World Gas Conference in Malaysia.
He went on to say that Iran’s gas production capacity will reach 1.2 billion cubic meters of gas per day in 2016, of which 180 million cubic meters will be exported through gas pipelines and LNG carrier vessels.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the NIGC managing director noted that Iran ranks the second in the region in view of the length of gas grid, adding that the Islamic Republic of Iran with the production capacity of 600 million cubic meters of gas per day and holding advanced infrastructures is capable of transferring 750 million cubic meters of gas per day.
Oji pointed out to the country’s 35 thousand kilometers of high pressure gas grid, and said the infrastructure enables Iran to transfer a big volume of gas from its borders with Azerbaijan Republic and Turkmenistan to Turkey and the Persian Gulf.
He further noted that the Islamic Republic of Iran exports gas to Turkey, Iraq and Armenia while swapping gas with Azerbaijan Republic.
Iran, which sits on the world’s second largest natural gas reserves after Russia, has been trying to enhance its gas production by increasing investments in the energy sector.
The Islamic Republic has 137.6 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, and 29.61 trillion cubic meters of proven gas reserves.

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