Iran launches projects in Gulf to raise gas output

President Hassan Rouhani has recently inaugurated five new projects, which officials said would put Iran on an equal footing with Qatar in exploiting the shared offshore gas field

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Iran on Sunday launched several projects in the Gulf’s waters which it said would produce 150mn cubic metres of gas per day from the world's largest natural gas field, which the country shares with Qatar.

In a ceremony carried live on state television President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated five new projects which officials said would put Iran on an equal footing with Qatar in exploiting the offshore gas field, which Iran calls South Pars and Qatar, which has the larger share of the reserve, calls North Dome.

Rouhani, and other officials at the event including oil minister Bijan Zanganeh, did not give a timeline for the start of production, according to Reuters.

Earlier this month, Qatar said it had lifted a self-imposed ban on development of the joint field, as the world's top LNG exporter looks to see off an expected rise in competition.

Qatar declared a moratorium in 2005 on the development of the North Field, to give Doha time to study the impact on the reservoir from a rapid rise in output.

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