Iraqs state-owned South Gas Company (SOC) is aiming to eliminate routine gas flaring by 2021, according to the companys director general Ali Khader al-Saady.
SOCs original target for the elimination of gas flaring was 2015.
Al-Saady said that the project had experienced a number of setbacks that had caused delays.
The problems included securing power for gas compressor plants and problems with existing pipelines that are due to be overhauled.
Speaking at a conference in Turkey on 3 November he said that he had full confidence that the 2021 target would be met.