News ID: 193224
Published: 0228 GMT May 21, 2017

Official: Iran in talks with Persian Gulf states on gas export

Official: Iran in talks with Persian Gulf states on gas export

Iran is negotiating exports of gas to the Persian Gulf countries, announced Deputy Oil Minister and Managing Director of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) Hamidreza Araqi.

Fars News Agency quoted Araqi as saying, "The Persian Gulf countries have voiced willingness to import gas from Iran."

The Iranian deputy oil minister said that most of the Persian Gulf states do not have sufficient gas reserves, adding, "Only Qatar has offshore gas reserves."

In relevant remarks in December, Head of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA) Gholam Hossein Shafeie said that Iran's gas can be exported to Europe via Georgia and the Black Sea in the near future.

"Cooperation between the two countries (Iran and Armenia) is of special importance in energy security and in the near future, Iran's gas can be transferred to Europe via Georgia and Black Sea," he said.

Iran has signed a flurry of deals with Western companies over the past year since the easing of international sanctions on Tehran after an accord was reached over its nuclear program.

Iran needs foreign investment to repair and upgrade its oil and gas fields. It also seeks the transfer of technology to its oil industry after a decade of sanctions.

In November 2016, France's Total became the first oil major to sign a big deal with Tehran since the lifting of sanctions and agreed to help it develop the world's largest gas field, South Pars.

Shell signed a provisional deal in December to develop Iranian oil and gas fields South Azadegan, Yadavaran and Kish in December 2016.

Iran has named 29 companies from more than a dozen countries as being eligible to bid for oil and gas projects using the new, less restrictive contract model.

The firms include Shell, France's Total, Italy's Eni, Malaysia's Petronas and Russia's Gazprom and Lukoil, as well as companies from China, Austria, Japan and other countries.

Russia's Zarubezhneft signed an MoU for a feasibility study on two joint fields in the west of the country.

Norway's International Aker Solutions Company signed an MoU to modernize Iran's oil industry.

Last May, Austria's OMV signed an MoU for projects located in the Zagros area in western Iran and the Fars field in the south.

South Korean Daewoo Engineering and Construction (Daewoo E&C) signed an MoU to construct an oil refinery in Bandar Jask, on the southern coast of Iran.

Italy's Saipem signed MoUs to cooperate on pipeline projects, upgrading of refineries and development of Tous gas field in the northeastern province of Khorasan Razavi.

Norwegian oil and gas company DNO said it was the second Western energy company after Total to sign a deal with Iran under which it agreed to study the development of the Changuleh oilfield in western Iran.

Lukoil, Russia's second biggest oil producer, hopes to reach a decision on developing two new oilfields in Iran.

Germany's Siemens AG signed an MoU in May to overhaul equipment and facilities at Iran's oil operations and refineries.

BASF's Wintershall oil and gas exploration subsidiary signed an MoU with the National Iranian Oil Company in April 2016.

   
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