TEHRAN (Iran News) – Iran authorities say conditions governing the country’s long-term contracts for export of natural gas should change to adapt to a market that has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Conditions governing long-term gas export contracts would probably undergo essential change after corona (virus),” said Hossein Montazer Torbati, the deputy oil minister of Iran, who heads the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC), Press TV reported.
The comments come after reports in recent days suggested that Turkey, the main customer of Iran’s natural gas, is unwilling to repair a pipeline damaged in an explosion in late March as it seeks lower prices in the light of a recent fall in international crude prices.
Gas export deals designate oil prices as a benchmark for determining gas prices although any price change would need at least six months to take effect.
Montazer told the semiofficial ILNA news agency that Iran would introduce new pricing mechanisms in gas export deals in the future, without elaborating on how they would work.
He said Iran would also start negotiating with Turkey about an extension to the current gas export deal beyond 2025.
The NIGC chief said Iran would always remain a reliable supplier of natural gas to Turkey despite changes that are taking place in the country’s energy market where the government is allowing more activity for the private sector suppliers.
On Iran’s plans for gas exports to new regions and countries, Montazer Torbati said Tehran is studying plans to deliver gas to areas bordering Iran in the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in neighboring Iraq.
The official said authorities in the Iraqi Kurdistan have submitted several requests for starting gas supply from Iran to the bordering regions.
He also said that the Iranian Oil Ministry’s Department for International Affairs is currently working on a contract for launching gas exports to Oman.
- source : Iran Daily, Irannews