Turkmenistan has not met target for gas deliveries to Iran

Jul 14, 2000 02:00 AM

A Turkmenistani government official has said that his country had supplied far less gas to Iran than expected this year.
In the first six months of 2000, the official said, only 1.1 bn cm of gas was exported from Turkmenistan to Iran. The target figure for the January-June period was 5 bn cm, he stated.
Ashgabat has revised its plans accordingly and is now aiming to send another 3.9 bn cm to Iran by the end of 2000, he said. This would bring total gas exports for the year to 5 bn cm, higher than the official figure of 2 bn cm posted last year but, as noted, far below the target.
Turkmenistan's government said earlier this year that it hoped to strike a deal for the export of 13 bn cm of gas per year to Iran. That deal will be discussed next month, when Iranian President Mohammad Khatami pays an official visit to Ashgabat.

Turkmenistan is exporting gas to Iran via a cross-border pipeline from Korpedje to Kord-Kuy. Ashgabat and Tehran reached agreement on the delivery of gas to northernIran by this route in 1995; Iran agreed to cover the $ 195 mm cost of building the pipeline in exchange for guaranteed gas supplies over a specific period of time. However, deliveries through the pipeline, which was commissioned in late December of 1997, were slow to start.
Since the Korpedje-Kord-Kuy line began operating in the third quarter of 1998, it has not carried more than 2 bn cm per annum. Gas flows were reduced to the equivalent of 1 bn cm per annum earlier this year, apparently due to Tehran's concerns about Ashgabat's commitment to the project.
The Iranians are paying about $ 40 for every 1,000 cm of gas received from Turkmenistan, and the Turkmenistani official said last week that the deal under discussion would probably maintain this price.

Source: NewsBase
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