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Iran will not begin exports to its neighbor until the security situation there has stabilized, Managing Director of the National Iranian Gas Export Company (NIGEC) Alireza Kameli said this week, echoing comments made by Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh earlier in the month.
Iran had originally planned to start gas exports to Iraq this summer, but pushed back the plan to March 2015 several months ago, after experiencing delays in the construction of its part of the pipeline.
With the insurgency in northern Iraq showing no signs of abating anytime soon however, Iran appears to have scrapped this timescale altogether, linking the project start-up only to a significant improvement in the country’s precarious security situation.
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