Petroleum Minister Bijan Zangeneh negotiated exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Iran via Omani ports during a meeting in Tehran with Omani minister of Oil and Gas Mohmmed bin Hamad Al Rumhi.
“The main item on the agenda was using Oman’s unused LNG facilities,” Managing Director of the National Iranian Gas Export Company (NIGEC) Alireza Kameli told Shana.
Rumhi arrived in Tehran on Saturday to take part in the Ministerial and Summit meetings of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), as Oman is an Observer in the inter¬governmental body.
“Next topic was reviewing the latest developments in launching the Iran-¬Oman gas pipeline which is being studied by the NIGEC,” Kameli added.
The project includes laying the 400-kilometer land-sea gasline from Iran to Oman. According to initial available data, the land part of the gas pipeline extends for 200 kilometers from Rudan to Mobarak Mount in southern Hormozgan Province.
The seabed section between Iran and Sohar Port in Oman will stretch for another 200 kilometers.
In 2013, Iran and Oman agreed to construct the pipeline which for 15 years will pump 28 million cubic meters of gas across Persian Gulf to the Omani port. Last September, after Rumhi visited Tehran for bilateral negotiations it was announced that the project will be operational by end of 2017.