He added that based on an agreement between the two countries, the pipeline will finally carry 40 mcm of Iran's natural gas to Iraq.
The Iranian official stated that the 100-kilometer, 48-inch pipeline will stretch from the village of Charmaleh, located in Iran’s western province of Kermanshah, into the town of Naft Shahr on the border with Iraq.
The Iran-Iraq gas pipeline project will be finished by the end of the current Iranian calendar year, after which tests will be conducted on the pipeline and necessary infrastructure will be prepared to increase the volume of gas export from the initial 7 mcm per day to 10 mcm per day, he stated.
Iran has been trying to enhance its gas production by increasing foreign and domestic investment, especially in its South Pars gas field.
The South Pars gas field, which is divided into 28 phases, is located in the Persian Gulf on the common border between Iran and Qatar. The field is estimated to contain about 14 trillion cubic meters of gas and 18 billion barrels of condensate.