Iran May Join Turkish Stream Pipeline

Iran May Join Turkish Stream PipelineIran May Join Turkish Stream Pipeline

Iranian gas could be delivered via the Turkish Stream pipeline being developed by Russia in the future, Azizollah Ramezani director of international affairs at National Iranian Gas Company said on the sidelines of a gas congress in Paris on Wednesday.

"There may be a common field, for instance in the area where gas pipelines straddle. In the future Iranian gas pipeline could possibly reach Europe and join Russian pipelines to jointly deliver gas to Europe," Shana news agency quoted him as saying.

The Turkish Stream is a proposed pipeline from Russia to Turkey across the Black Sea with a planned annual capacity of 63 billion cubic meters of gas.

“This is possible. There haven’t been any negotiations on this yet, but it could be a good idea to begin talks because the point where the Russian and Turkish pipelines go to Europe can also be a point where Iranian gas pipelines may be extended to Europe,” Ramezani said.

According to the director, the Turkish Stream is not the only route Iran is considering for gas delivery. "We are reviewing five or six routes, such as via the Black Sea, Iraq, Syria, and the Mediterranean Sea, the most economically viable will be chosen."

In recent months Iran has made known that it would participate in regional and international gas projects as soon as the international restrictions become a thing of the past.

  Sharing Expertise

Director of international affairs at NIGC noted that Iran is willing to share its gas technology expertise with other countries and that an agreement to this effect has been signed with the Russian energy giant Gazprom.   

According to the official, Tehran has taken effective steps toward self-reliance in manufacturing gas equipment, compressed natural gas as well as producing natural gas vehicle (NGV). Gazprom has the technical know-how in both laying pipelines, drilling and building platforms that can be shared with Iran.