10 May 2007 - 18:08
  • News Code: 104280
Bahrain to Import Gas from Iran

TEHRAN -- Bahrain says it intends to secure part of its gas demands from Iran through construction of a new gas transfer pipeline by 2015.

Bahrain"s Oil and Gas Minister Abdul Hussein Mirza has disclosed that the talks with Iran have already begun on the issue and Iran has expressed its willingness in this regard.

"Some talks will get underway with Saudi Arabia and Qatar on another gas pipeline aimed at meeting Bahrain"s future energy needs as its own gas reserves decline", he added, according to Bahrain state news agency.

"Iran and Qatar possess the second and third largest gas reserves in the world respectively and as such gas import from these countries is logical", the minister noted.

"Construction of the pipelines will kick off upon conclusion of the negotiations with Iran and Qatar on the issue", he said.

"The talks might take some years to conclude", he added.

The talks between Iranian and Bahraini technical teams on export of Iran"s gas to that country are expected to be concluded by the end of 2007.

Bahrain"s plans to up its gas imports from neighboring countries are part of a strategy to meet the country"s energy demand in the future.

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