Oman delegation in Tehran for gas talks
Managing Director of the National Iranian Gas Export Company (NIGEC) says an Omani delegation is in the Iranian capital city to discuss construction of a pipeline, which is expected to transfer Iran’s natural gas to the Persian Gulf sultanate.
Ali Reza Kameli was quoted by Petroleum Ministry’s SHANA news agency as saying that during their stay in Tehran, Omani delegates will discuss with Iranian officials the choice of an Iranian consultancy, which will be tasked with carrying out basic engineering studies on the pipeline.
Kameli noted that the Omani delegation arrived in Tehran last week and will stay in the Iranian capital up to early next week in order to discuss the choice of the project’s consulting company, which is expected to do basic engineering studies and also study issues related to construction of the second, undersea phase of the pipeline.
The official noted that the Omani delegates have held talks with a number of companies that are candidates for conducting engineering studies on the pipeline, which will connect Iran’s Kuh Mobarak region in Hormozgan Province to Oman’s Sohar port over a distance of about 400 kilometers.
Kameli noted that the two countries’ experts have been in close contact on the pipeline during past months, emphasizing the firm resolve of both Oman and Iran to finalize the project.
He added that the pipeline project will be implemented in two phases, adding, “The onshore part of the project will run for about 200 km from Rudan [region] to Kuh Mobarak [both in Iran], while the undersea part, will travel for almost another 200 km to connect Kuh Mobarak to Oman’s Sohar port.”
The official stated that according to the project schedule, engineering studies on the onshore and offshore phases will be carried out simultaneously in order to prevent any disruption during its implementation.
According to SHANA, Iran and Oman signed an agreement in 2013 based on which Iran will supply Oman with a daily amount of 28 million cubic meters of natural gas for 15 years through a pipeline part of which will run through the Persian Gulf seabed.
Iran, which sits on the world’s largest gas reserves, intends to enhance gas production by increasing foreign and domestic investment, especially in its South Pars gas field.
South Pars gas field covers an area of 9,700 square kilometers, 3,700 square kilometers of which are in Iran’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf. The remaining 6,000 square kilometers are situated in Qatar’s territorial waters.
The field is estimated to contain a significant amount of natural gas, accounting for about eight percent of the world’s reserves, and approximately 18 billion barrels of condensate.