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Iran 'Likely' To Abandon Pakistan Gas Project

Source: RFE/RL

The Iranian oil minister says Tehran will probably abandon a multibillion-dollar contract to supply natural gas to Pakistan. Bijan Zanganeh said on October 30 that the contract "is likely to be annulled."

Photos: Ground broken for Pakistan section of IP gas pipeline - March 2013

Under the contract, Iran was to export 21.5 million cubic meters of gas per day to Pakistan from next year.

The $7.5 billion project has faced repeated delays, however.

Iran has nearly completed the 900-kilometer stretchof pipeline to the border, but Pakistan has faced problems paying for its 780-kilometer section amid warnings it could be in violation of U.S. sanctions against Iran.

Until now, Iranian officials have insisted the project will be completed. Iran currently produces around 600 million cubic meters of gas per day, almost all of which is consumed domestically.

Its only foreign client is Turkey.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP

Copyright (c) 2013 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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