‘Iran will start exporting three to five million cubic meters of gas per day to Syria before the end of the year 2011,’ Iran’s minister of petroleum, Dr. Seyed Masoud Mirkazemi said.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a meeting with his Syrian counterpart in Tehran, Mr. Mirkazemi noted that several topics including gas sale to Syria for a three to five year period were on the agenda.
Iranian minister of petroleum went on to say that gas export to Syria would be started following completion of a gas pipeline in Turkey in 2011.
‘This route will last for a short period of time to meet urgent needs of Syria pending launching Iran-Iraq-Syria-Mediterranean countries gas pipeline which will supply 40 million cubic meters of Syrian gas needs each day,’ Mirkazemi noted.
Expressing Iran’s readiness to deliver gas to Syria, Mirkazemi noted that Syria has also prepared needed infrastructures for taking Iran’s gas but starting gas transfer requires completion a pipeline in south of Turkey expected to be completed before the end of the year 2011.
According to Iran’s minister of petroleum, Iran, Iraq and Syria top oil officials will hold a trilateral meeting in March or April to ink a contract on export and transit of gas.
‘General agreements on export and transit of gas will be followed by funding the project and then consultant of the project will start designing and construction of the pipeline,’ Iran’s minister of petroleum noted.
Mirkazemi reported of a Iran’s suggestion on construction of a 56 inches gas pipeline to export 110 million cubic of gas a day to Iraq and Syria adding the three countries experts have agreed on generals of the plan.