Iran started building a second pipeline to export its gas to neighboring Iraq.
Once the pipeline is operational, Iran’s gas export capacity to Iraqi will rise in two years.
The construction of the first pipeline which goes to Baghdad is almost complete and is to start carrying gas to the country by May, 2015.
The project is designed to export about 4 million cubic meters of gas to Baghdad on a daily basis. The figure will gradually rise to 25 million cubic meters a day.
According to Director of International Relations at the National Iranian Gas Company, Azizollah Ramezani, about 7 kilometers of the pipeline which runs to Baghdad is still under construction inside the Iraqi soil.
The second pipeline carrying Iranian gas to Iraq via Basra will have a capacity of 35 million cubic meters per day.
The two pipelines together have a capacity to increase Iran’s gas exports to Iraq to 70 million cubic meters a day.