Turkmenian gas company increases gas exports to Iran
Iran's deputy oil minister and head of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) says Turkmenistan has increased its natural gas exports to Iran.
“Since a few days ago the Turkmen Gas Company has increased its natural gas exports to Iran (through the Dowlatabad-Sarakhs gas pipeline) based on the agreement between the two countries,” Javad Owji said.
Earlier this month, the Turkmenian Gas Company had reduced to half its natural gas exports to Iran without prior notice due to the extremely cold weather in Central Asia.
The Dowlatabad-Sarakhs gas pipeline was officially inaugurated last winter to increase Iran's gas imports from Turkmenistan to 14 bn cm per year.
Iran started importing natural gas from Turkmenistan in 1995 after the two sides signed a 25-year contract. The contract has bound Turkmenistan to gradually increase gas exports to Iran to 8 bn cm per year at a fixed price.
The Islamic Republic distributes the gas it imports from Turkmenistan to its northeastern provinces, which are distant from Iran's southern gas-rich regions.