Iranian Petroleum Minister Bijan Zangeneh discussed exporting LNG via Oman during a meeting here on Sunday with the visiting Omani minister of Oil and Gas Mohmmed bin Hamad Al Rumhi, said an official in the Iranian ministry.
‘Top on the agenda of the talks was ways of using Oman’s unused LNG facilities,’ Managing Director of the National Iranian Gas Exports Company (NIGEC) Alireza Kameli said.
Rumhi arrived here on Saturday to take part in the Ministerial and Summit meetings of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), according to the Ministry of Petroleum, as his country is an Observer in the inter-governmental body.
‘Next topic was reviewing the latest developments in the study to launch the Iran-Oman gas pipeline which is being carried out by the NIGEC,’ Kameli added.
The project includes laying the 400-kilometer land-sea pipeline 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 the Omani minister visited Tehran for bilateral negotiations it was announced that the gasline will be operational by end of 2017.