Friday, 23 August 2013
Iran to export gas to Iraq
Iran and Iraq have signed a high-profile agreement according to which Iran will supply 25 mcm/day of natural gas to the Al-Baghdad, Al-Mansouriyah, and Sadr power plants in Iraq.
The deal was signed by Petroleum Minister Rostam Qasemi and his Iraqi counterpart, Abdul Kareem Luaibi, in Baghdad. Iran will earn $3.7 billion a year from the deal.
In related news, the United States has announced that it is concerned about a $14.8 billion gas deal between Iran and Iraq and has asked Baghdad to explain it. The US State Department said that it plans to inform Baghdad about the implications with respect to sanctions.
In response, Mussab al-Mudaris, a spokesperson for the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity, emphasised that the natural gas supplies from Iran would help to ease electricity shortages by feeding two power plants in a Baghdad suburb.
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