Iran says gas pipeline to Pakistan ready in one year
October 2, 2010
Iran will build gas pipeline up to the Pakistan border within one year and it could be linked with the pipeline soon as it is laid on the Pakistani side, National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) officials said.In a meeting with the Pakistani Petroleum Minister Syed Naveed Qamar in Islamabad on Wednesday, the Iranian delegation said that they had already constructed 900 km pipeline of 56-inch diameter from Assaluyeh gas processing facility up to Iranshahr.
The delegation led by Hamid Ahmadi Sharaf, the director of Gas Export to Pakistan, said that only 250 km of the pipeline remains to be constructed up to the Pakistan border.
The delegation members said that Iran was establishing the pipeline to provide gas to develop its eastern regions and the same pipeline could provide gas to Pakistan. The delegation was in Islamabad in connection with the meeting of Iran-Pakistan Gas Sales Purchase Agreement coordination committee.
Initially, the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline is scheduled to import 750 million cubic feet (mmcfd) gas per day from Iran by 2015.
The estimated cost of the project is more than $2 billion and the engineering design contract is expected to be awarded soon.
As per the planned schedule the pipeline will be completed by end of 2014, he said. The next coordination committee meeting is scheduled to be held in Tehran in February 2011.