Source: Fars News Agency
Iran has exported 47bln c/m of natural gas to Turkey in the last 10 years, announced a senior official of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC).
"Since the first year we started exporting gas to Turkey (2001) 47,180,846,000 cubic meters of gas has been exported to the country," Director of Zone 8 of NIGC's Gas Transfer Operation Yadollah Baibardi told FNA on Monday.
Baibardi also announced that Iran has exported over 4.195bln c/m of gas to its Northwestern neighbor since the beginning of the current Iranian year (started on March 21).
He referred to Iran's gas exports to Armenia and Nakhichevan, and said since the start of the new Iranian year, Tehran has exported over 220.081 mln c/m and 115.784mln c/m of natural gas to its two neighbors, respectively.
At present Iran exports a daily volume of 30mln c/m or an annual volume of 10bln c/m of gas to Turkey.
Iran says it is technically able to increase the amount by 50%.
The gas contract was signed 1996 between the two countries over annual export of 10 billion cm for 25 years.
Earlier in August, Head of the Turkish Parliament's Energy Committee Mahmut Mucahit Findikli stressed the importance of his country's energy ties with Iran, and underlined Ankara's resolve to maintain and boost trade and energy ties with Tehran.
The lawmaker also announced that the volume of its gas imports from Iran has increased by 7% in the first six months of the current year.
Iran exported a daily average of more than 30 million cubic meters of natural gas to Turkey in 2010, which increased around 7 percent in the first half of 2011.
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