Iran to take necessary measures to export natural gas to Azerbaijan

MAY 16, 2022

Iran will take the necessary measures to export natural gas to Azerbaijan, Chairman of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) Majid Chegini said on the sidelines of a press conference in Tehran.

He noted that negotiations are underway to extend the gas export contract to Turkiye and Iraq, while the two countries have requested an increase in gas exports.

"We have been in talks with Turkiye and they are interested in extending the contract and are requesting an increase in gas import capacity from Iran," Chegini said.

"Considering the possibilities that exist, we will use our efforts to increase the capacity," he added.

"This issue is being discussed in the negotiations, a working group has been formed for this issue, which, while increasing the capacity, will also seek to extend the contract," he said.

The NIGC chairman who is the deputy oil minister as well, further said that the first meeting of the working group will focus on extending the contract.

As regards the gas exports to Iraq, he said that Iraq had also requested an extension of the previous contract.

Chegini added that the export contract to Iraq will expire next year while they have requested an extension.

During the recent visit, a working group was set up to extend the contract to look into the matter, the deputy oil minister continued.

The NIGC chairman continued that he will make the necessary efforts to resume the country's gas trade with other countries and the necessary follow-ups will be made for gas exports to Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkiye and Iraq.