Natural Gas

Department for Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 11th February 2015.

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Photo of Lord Strathclyde Lord Strathclyde Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage close co-operation between Iran and Qatar over their combined interest in the exploitation of the South Pars/North Dome Gas field after the conclusion of the Vienna talks.

Photo of Baroness Verma Baroness Verma The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Trade with Iran is subject to certain restrictions derived from the sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the EU. The EU’s extensive sanctions regime against Iran include measures against the import of Iranian natural gas, as well as severe restrictions on the Iranian financial sector. Her Majesty’s Government will not promote trade or lift sanctions with Iran until a comprehensive nuclear agreement is in place which fully restores international confidence in the nature of Iran’s nuclear programme. HMG cannot make any advance comments on the conclusion of these negotiations in Geneva, or Qatar’s commercial interests in the exploitation of the North Dome Gas Field.

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