Trade routes make Iranian energy alternative an unfeasible option.
Written by Ahmed Adel, Cairo-based geopolitics and political economy researcher
As Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanani Chafi said, Tehran can partially make up for the shortfall in the world energy market caused by the crisis surrounding the conflict in Ukraine. The fuel-energy crisis concerns Europe first, especially with countries that have rejected Russian oil and gas, such as Germany. Iran can nearly replace Russia in the European gas market; however, this comes at a high price, something that Europeans are not willing to pay for at this moment in time.
Iran, facing its own string of US-imposed sanctions, is not a major player in the energy market compared to Russia. None-the-less, Iran possesses the second largest gas reserves in the world and some believe that it can completely replace Russia in the European energy market. This prospect hinges on sanctions against Iran being lifted though, which is seemingly unlikely in the short-term.
There is also the issue of being able to supply Iranian gas to European markets. The supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by tankers is one route, but 95% of Iran’s gas transportation fleet is owned by China. Because of this, supplying LNG from Iran to Europe is impossible unless the Chinese agree to it. It is also difficult to use foreign gas carriers – Europe has already attempted this but there are no free gas carriers available.
Although it is possible to supply Iranian natural gas to Europe through pipelines, geopolitical conditions, which are nowhere being resolved in the near future, will not allow Europeans to buy Iranian energy in the coming years. Such an endeavour would mean a pipeline route via destabilised Iraq and Syria, or through conflict zones in Turkey.
A gas pipeline connecting Iran with Europe exists, but only with a capacity of 15 billion cubic metres per year. This pipeline does pass through Turkey; however, most of this energy is used by Turkey itself. The capacity of the existing gas pipeline can be increased significantly, but it would have to pass through a region densely populated by restive Kurds.
As the conflict between the Turkish state and Kurdish separatists is decades-old, moneylenders and banks are hesitant to bankroll a gas pipeline that is extremely vulnerable to attack. Therefore, this gas pipeline only demonstrates Iran’s technical ability to supply gas to Europe, but is not a real alternative to Russian energy.
Hedayatollah Khademi, CEO of North Oil Drilling Company in Iran and former member of the Iranian parliament’s Energy Committee, said:
“Although Iran is the second largest country in the world in terms of gas reserves, our production is around 800-900 million cubic metres per day and we consume about the same amount during peak periods. We will be able to export gas to Europe if the joint venture can develop fields, develop infrastructure and develop gas pipelines, for example through Turkey, which is the best way to supply gas supply from Iran to Europe, when there is a suitable pipeline. If talking about gas supply to Europe today, it is just a small and insignificant number.”
When it comes to oil, Khademi is convinced that Iran can partially fill the scarcity gap associated with the fuel and energy crisis. But to do so, the lifting of sanctions against Iran is necessary.
In terms of oil supply, Iran will certainly be able to take a large share of the market if the sanctions are lifted as the West Asian country has a high production capacity. Currently half a million barrels of oil and LNG is exported every day. As Khademi highlighted though, due to sanctions, Iran cannot play a real role in the European gas market. If sanctions were removed though, Iran is believed to be able to export more than 2.5 million barrels of oil and LNG. None-the-less, this all demonstrates that Europe is still facing a significant crisis in the Fall, even if Iran attempts to replace Russia in the energy market.
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But Iran is a state sponsor of Terrorism and close friend to Russia but hey we now need Iran now
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Russia and three other foreign countries send their passenger planes to Iran for repairs, an official said.
Speaking to Tasnim, the CEO of the Civil Aviation Organization of Iran said the passenger planes of four countries are currently being repaired in Iran.
Jews control America and they have no intention of allowing their Anglo peons to lift the illegal sanctions on Iran.
This is called ”One man’s death is another man’s bread.”
India and Iran to accept Russian debit and credit cards –The US sanctions have totally failed as Russia’s MIR card is now increasingly accepted in Asia and more than 35 countries are waiting to sign up as the western dominated swift system is being increasingly discarded.
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If europe only have balls !!! They can say F Y to the yankee and kikk them out of europe. Time for a spring and exterminate all the zio-puppeds who took control in the regimes who stole the (fake) elections from the people.
Most of Europe is occupied by US since 1945 and has CIA installed puppet vassal regimes in Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Belgium, Holland and every EU puppet state. They can not go against US masters orders. Most large Eurasian nations are free like Russia, India, Vietnam, DPRK, China, Iran etc and can give US the finger as they are immune to threats or impotent sanctions.
Why would Iran even consider such a thing? Let the Western Globalist monster die!
Iran needs cash. The Iranian economy and political system are closely intertwined, and the basis of the whole thing is loyalty payments and rent-seeking.
Eurocentric globalization depends on empowering leaders on the periphery who prioritize cash payments and imports over building true domestic strength and production. This is what crippled Russia in the 1990’s, and this is the current battle amongst the various leadership factions in Iran.
The USA could do a lot to facilitate the supply of Iranian oil and gas to Europe is the USA would just get off their asses and remove the sanctions on Iran. They don’t even have to kiss and make up … all they need to do is let Iran sell it’s oil and give them back the money they froze.
Funny how that works … USA demands the EU sanctions Russian and supports Ukraine but when it’s the EU carrying the cost of the war and Russian sanction do fuck all to relieve the pressure.