Studies have begun by Iran and Oman on the deep-water route of a pipeline that is supposed to transfer Iranian natural gas to Oman, managing director of National Iranian Gas Exports Company (NIGEC), Alireza Kameli said.
He said that two routes have been considered for gas transfer from Iran to Oman which include deep-water and shallow-water paths.
He said the deep-water route would be shorter and would not need permission from a third country, however the final decision for choosing the path will be taken after studies are finalized over the two options.
A project has been defined for carrying out studies over the gas pipeline. The Iranian Offshore Engineering and Construction Company (IOEC) has been awarded the offshore studies and Pars Consulting Engineers Company the onshore ones.
The land part of the gas pipeline extends for 200 kilometers from Rudan to Mobarak Mount in southern Hormozgan province. The seabed section between Iran and Sohar Port in Oman will stretch for another 200 kilometers.