Iran, Turkey to discuss gas projects

A Turkish delegation will arrive in Tehran soon to discuss the development of phases 22-24 of South Pars, says Iranian Deputy Oil Minister, Iranian Press TV reported.

Iran, Turkey to discuss gas projects
Hossein Noqrehkar Shirazi said the delegation will arrive in Tehran before the end of the current Iranian month on May 20, according to the report.

"An Iranian expert group visited Turkey at the beginning of this year and the Turkish officials requested more details on offshore and onshore features of phases 22-24 of the South Pars gas field and we hope to clear things up in Tehran's summit," he told Moj News Agency.

He went on to say that gas exports and the ways to invest in this sector are the main areas of discussion.

Based on the agreement signed between energy ministers of the two countries, Turkey would invest and develop Phases 22, 23 and 24 of the field.

That agreement irked the United States making Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to defend the deal.

"We import oil and natural gas. We want to decrease the amount we pay for imports," Erdogan said.

"Iran would let Turkey develop three gas wells without a tender process as part of the deal, which will also allow gas to be piped from Iran and Turkmenistan to Europe."

"Iran made us an attractive offer... Should we not think of our country's interests at this point?" he added. "Is the United States going to ask why we did not seek their permission?"

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