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Iraq has no alternative to buying Iran’s natural gas: oil ministry

By Rudaw 17/11/2018
An employee at work at the Bin Omar natural gas station in Basra. Iraq cannot domestically produce enough natural gas to meet its needs, spokesperson for the oil ministry said. File photo: Mohammed Ali/AFP
An employee at work at the Bin Omar natural gas station in Basra. Iraq cannot domestically produce enough natural gas to meet its needs, spokesperson for the oil ministry said. File photo: Mohammed Ali/AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraq has no alternative to purchasing natural gas from Iran, the spokesperson for the Oil Ministry told Rudaw.

"Regarding gas, currently we do not have any alternatives to Iranian gas,” Assim Jihad told Rudaw TV. 

Iran is the closest source for Iraq to supply gas via pipelines that can reach central and southern areas of the country, he explained. 

“Additionally, we import about 600 million cubic feet from Iran on a daily basis – something which cannot be compensated by any neighboring countries,” Jihad said. 

Iraqi is also not able to domestically produce enough to meet the needs of its power plants, he added. 

The ministry has a plan to reach self-sufficiency, but will not get to that point for more than three years, he said. 

The United States gave Iraq brief grace period – until the end of December – to find an alternative source for gas and electricity before it will have to abide by sanctions against Iran. 

The European Union, which opposes the US stance on Iran, has said it is ready to help Iraq deal with the sanctions.

Comments

 
IranMan | 17/11/2018
So what is US is ganna do, invade Iraq after December?! By then Donald Trump will be looking long and hard to hire a team of criminal lawyers. The walls are closing in on him. And as soon as Julian Assange is "renditioned" to the US, the game will be over.
MF | 18/11/2018
Iraq has no choice but to buy Iranian oil because Iraq is an Iranian puppet state. Iraq is not the only country being granted a waiver from US sanctions. With all the waivers, what's the point of the sanctions?

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