Iranian gas trickles into Iraq after multi-year delay

Power plants in Diyala and Baghdad are running tests on newly flowing Iranian gas, but security problems and payment terms remain unresolved.
Iranian gas trickles into Iraq after multi-year delay
The Mansuriya power plant in Diyala province, near the Iranian border, seen on June 22, 2017, begins test operations from gas piped from Iran. (ADAM AL-ATBI/Iraq Oil Report)
  • Gas deal first signed in 2013, delayed by IS
  • Pipeline construction began in 2011
  • Iranian and Iraqi contractors on pipeline often attacked

MANSURIYA - Iranian gas has begun feeding two power plants in Iraq, following years of delays.

The two governments still have not reached a final agreement on payments, and the current flows constitute a "test start," according to Hamid Younis Salih, Iraq's Deputy Oil Minister for Gas Affairs.

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