Oman, Iran hold $60 bn gas pipeline talks
TEHRAN: The managing director of National Iranian Gas Exports Company (NIGEC) has said that an Omani delegation is in Tehran to finalise procedures for import of Iranian natural gas, according to reports in the Iranian media.
According to Iranian news agency (Irna), NIGEC’s Alireza Kameli said that a consultant has been selected to study the feasibility of the 200-km pipeline between Mubarak Mountain and Sohar Port.
Kameli said that the project will be carried out in two phases — both land and maritime routes. The land stretch will be Rudan to Kuh Mubarak Mountain, which is around 200 km long within Iran, and the maritime stretch, will be will be laid under the sea running from Mubarak Mountain to Sohar Port.
As per the agreement signed in 2013, a total amount of 28 million cubic meters of gas will be exported to Oman on a daily basis for a period of 15 years through an under the sea pipeline. The contract is worth around $60 billion. The engineering studies on the onshore and offshore phases will be carried out simultaneously to prevent any disruption during its implementation, he noted.
Earlier in June, a senior official with the Iranian Offshore Engineering and Construction Company (IOEC) announced that the company plans to construct a pipeline for exporting gas from Iran to Oman.
“The construction of the gas export pipeline from Iran to Oman will be carried out by the IOEC,” Rahim Tabrizi had said.