India and Oman are considering the import of natural gas from Iran via an undersea pipeline, an Iranian official said Sunday.
The caretaker of the National Iranian Gas Export Company, Hossein Bidarmaghz, said an Indian delegation will travel to Tehran for talks on building an independent undersea gas pipeline.
"New Delhi has a plan to build an undersea gas pipeline between Iran and India, in order not to pay any transition fee for delivery of gas," Bidarmaghz said.
If an undersea gas pipeline is built by India to Oman, Iran can build a similar pipeline in deep waters to join that pipeline for exporting gas to New Delhi, Bidarmaghz added.
There have been some agreements between Iran and Oman on making the project operational in cooperation with a third country, he said.
According to the report, based on a trilateral agreement between Iran, Oman and a third country, Tehran will provide natural gas to an Omani liquefied natural gas (LNG) factory in order to convert it into LNG and sell it to the customers.
The South Pars/North Dome field is a natural gas field located in the Persian Gulf. It is the world's largest gas field, shared between Iran and Qatar.