Iran denies new gas agreement with Pakistan


The Iran’s oil ministry has dismissed claims of a new agreement with its eastern neighbour Pakistan on an incomplete gas pipeline project.

“New agreements on Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline are not true,” the Iran’s petroleum ministry said.

It was reacting to remarks by some Pakistani officials that new accords have been reached between Tehran and Islamabad on the much-delayed gas pipeline. Iran has built its own section of the gas pipeline stretching from the giant South Pars gas field, but Pakistan has not met its obligations for its own section of the pipeline.

Pakistan desperately needs Iran’s gas to feed its power plants and resolve its load shedding particularly during summer.

Earlier this week, Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi totally rejected statements attributed to him by the Financial Times on Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline.

On December 26, the UK based newspaper Financial Times wrote: Energy-starved Pakistan has convinced Iran to step back from demanding $200m a month from January 1 to compensate for Islamabad’s failure to begin receiving gas from Iran’s South Pars gas field, according to the country’s minister for petroleum.”


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