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Iran begins construction of gas pipeline to Iraq

Pipeline will provide much needed feedstock for Iraqi power plants.

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Iran has started construction on a pipeline that will eventually supply huge volumes of much needed natural gas to the Iraqi power sector.

The $2.3bn Iran Gas Trunkline-6 (IGAT-6), which is an extension of Iran’s Sixth Cross Country Pipeline, will run for 590 kilometers all the way to the border with Iraq.

On the Iraqi side, a 120-km pipeline will pass through the Diyala province to feed a power station there before branching into two lines to supply two more plants in Baghdad, Iranian press agency reports say.

The project will take two years to complete and will initially supply 4 million cubic meters of gas per day to Iraq, gradually rising to 35 million cubic meters per day over five years.

Iranian company Gostaresh Energy Pars will carry out the project in the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis.

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