Teheran, May 4 - Neftegaz.RU. The CEO of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) voiced Iran's readiness to participate in the Turkmen gas swap to Pakistan, and said: «It is unlikely that the Turkmen gas pipeline to Pakistan will be constructed, and Iran is ready for this swap.»
According to Iranian Irna, Hamid Reza Araqi said: «I see it unlikely for the TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India) pipeline to become operational.»
Given Iran's situation in the center of the region, «we can join every gas pipeline that passes around the country,» he said.
Araqi, who is also deputy petroleum minister for gas affairs, added that Iran is the best pathway for gas transmission from Turkmenistan to Pakistan, adding, «We are able to receive Turkmen gas and deliver it to Pakistan.»
He said, «We have announced our readiness to Turkmenistan that we are ready to export their gas to Pakistan, but have not yet received any response from them.»