Iran is to supply Basra in Iraq with up to 35 million cubic metres a day (cmd) of gas under a six-year deal signed last week.
It calls for the daily volume to start at 7 million cubic metres and to rise to 20 million cmd during the winter and to 35 million cmd in the summer.
The deal calls for a new pipeline to be built from Iran’s 6th gas trunkline IGAT 6. The gas is to come from Iran’s offshore South Pars field.
Iran and Iraq had previously signed a deal for 35 million cmd of gas to be supplied to Baghdad.
Iran has a gas supply deal with Turkey, a gas-swap with Azerbaijan and a gas-for-power agreement with Armenia. Plans call for Iran to supply gas to Pakistan, India and Oman.
The deal with Iraq was signed by managing director of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) Reza Araqi and Iraq’s deputy electricity minister Khalid Hassan Saleh.