Wintershall, Gazprom eyeing Iran Partnership

Germany’s biggest oil and gas company Wintershall says it is looking into a plan to collaborate with Russia’s energy giant Gazprom over projects in Iran. The announcement was made by Thilo Wieland, a member of Wintershall board responsible for exploration and production in Russia, Libya, South America. “Our partnership with Gazprom is based on trust, […]

Zagros Airlines to buy 28 new Airbus A330s

Zagros Airlines, one of the leading domestic airlines in Iran, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for the acquisition of 28 new aircraft, covering 20 A320neo and 8 A330neo aircraft. The commitment was signed at the 52nd Le Bourget Paris airshow by Seyed Abdolreza Mousavi, Zagros Airlines CEO and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus COO […]

Expensive Deposits leave Iranian Banks stuck with Toxic Assets

By Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iranian media reports show that many banks and credit institutions are violating a decision made last June by the Money and Credit Council, the highest policymaking body of the Central Bank of Iran, in regard […]

Iran Begins Exporting Natural Gas to Iraq

Iranian Deputy Oil Minister for International Affairs Amir Hossein Zamaninia announced that the Islamic Republic has started exporting natural gas to neighboring Iraq. The exports of natural gas to the Arab country began on Wednesday night, the Iranian deputy oil minister said. Zamaninia also said the exports started with 7 million cubic meters (mcm) of […]

Eni to Study Iranian Oil and Gas Fields

Italy’s oil giant Eni has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) to carry out initial studies on the development of an oil field and a gas field in Iran, a report said. Eni and NIOC inked the agreement on Tuesday in Tehran whereby the Italian firm will study […]

Iran Proposes Visa-Free Regime with Iraq, Trade in Own Currencies

Iran’s first vice-president put forward a proposal to lift visa requirements for the Iranian and Iraqi travelers, and also called for trade exchanges between the two countries using their own currencies, namely rial and dinar. Addressing a meeting of high-ranking delegations from Iran and Iraq, attended by the visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and […]

Iran Airtour commits to 45 new Airbus Aircraft

Tehran based Iran Airtour Airlines, has become Airbus’ newest customer for the Airbus A320neo Family after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for 45 aircraft at the Paris Air Show. Celebrating 45 years since establishment, the carrier now has been added to Airbus’ list of new customers. Operating scheduled services to domestic and international markets, […]

Total to Make $1bn Investment in Giant Iranian Gas Field

The chief executive of Total confirmed that the French oil major will go ahead with development of phase 11 of the huge South Pars gas field in southern Iran this summer, saying it would make an initial $1 billion investment in the field. “It is worth taking the risk at $1 billion because it opens […]

Iran will Sign New Oil Deals Worth $15bn

Managing Director of the National Iranian Oil Company Ali Kardor announced that the NIOC will sign several multi-billion-dollar crude contracts with foreign countries to develop the country’s energy fields. “We estimate to conclude new oil contracts with international companies valued at $15 billion,” Kardor, also Iranian Deputy Oil Minister, said. He, meantime, pointed to the […]

Iran’s Central Bank must Regulate Unlicensed Actors

By Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Despite all modernization efforts, Iran is still a cash-based economy where banks and financial institutions play a significant role. Ever since the privatization of the banking sector in the early 2000s, the Central Bank […]