Iraq expects imminent pipeline imports of Iran gas

Gas will fuel at least a power plant in Diyala province within weeks, after years of security delays.
Iraq expects imminent pipeline imports of Iran gas
An employee of Iranian power development firm Sunir walks past the Sadr City power station during its inauguration day in Baghdad's Sadr city April 24, 2011. The power plant will begin using natural gas when the pipeline from Iran is completed later this year. (KAREEM RAHEEM/Reuters)

DUBAI - Iran will soon begin pumping natural gas into Iraq through a newly built pipeline – part of an effort to tighten economic ties between the two countries and increase Iraqi electricity production in time for summer demand spikes.

Three officials who are involved in the project or track it closely said a power plant in Mansuriya, in Diyala province, has been completed, and a pipeline providing it with gas feedstock from Iran is undergoing final steps to start up. They expect gas to begin flowing within a month, and perhaps as early as next week.

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