Iran's gas exports to Europe via Turkey to benefit both countries: vice-president

09:50, January 10, 2011      

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Iran's First Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi said exporting Iran's natural gas to Europe through Turkey will be beneficial for both Tehran and Ankara, the local English language satellite Press TV reported on Sunday.

"Cooperation between Iran and Turkey in pumping Iran's natural gas to Europe is in the interest of both nations and governments," Rahimi was quoted as saying.

In a meeting with visiting Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz in Tehran on Saturday, he also stressed the need for implementation of all agreements reached between Tehran and Ankara on energy cooperation.

"Iran and Turkey should achieve their specified goals as soon as possible," Rahimi added.

Yildiz, for his part, said that his country is ready to increase its cooperation with Iran on energy and gas fields, according to the report.

The Turkish minister pointed out that Ankara is determined to help Tehran transit its natural gas to Europe, said Press TV.

On Feb. 2009, Iran's Deputy Oil Minister Seyyed Reza Kassaeizadeh announced that Iran and Turkey had signed an agreement to transfer Iran's natural gas to Europe via Turkey. According to the agreement, Turkey could transfer up to 35 billion cubic meters of gas from Iran to Europe, said Kassaeizadeh.

According to the Press TV report, the gas pipeline to transfer Iran's natural gas to Europe is scheduled to become operational in 2014.

According to Iran Petroleum Ministry, Iran's proved natural gas reserves are about 29,610 cubic kilometers or about 15.8 percent of world's total reserves. It has the world's second largest reserves after Russia.

Source: Xinhua
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