TEHRAN, Iran – Seven foreign companies are interested in working with Iranian contractors in construction of the Iran-Oman subsea gas pipeline, according to news service Shana.
Managing Director of National Iranian Gas Exports Co. Alireza Kameli said once the current study phase has been completed and the contract signed by the two countries’ governments, construction of the line should be completed within two years.
However, Iran could not enter into serious negotiations with the foreign companies until survey results have been released.
The new pipeline could increase Iran’s gas export capacity to Oman from 1 bcf/d to 1.5 bcf/d, Kameli added.
National Iranian Gas Co. and Iranian Offshore Engineering and Construction Co. and an Omani company have held several trilateral talks.
The 400-km (248-mi) pipeline is defined in two onshore and offshore sections. The land part would extend for 200 km (124 mi) from Rudan to Mobarak Mount in Iran’s southern Hormozgan province, with the seabed section out to Sohar Port in Oman stretching for a further 200 km.
Cost of the subsea construction could be $1.5 billion.
The two countries have signed basic agreements based on which Iran will export 28 MMcm/d. Almost one-third of the gas will be at liquefaction facilities at Oman’s Qalhat plant, the rest heading to the sultanate’s domestic market.
Iran would export the produced LNG to European and Asian markets.
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