Russia: present supplies of Siberian gas of about 6,000 mcm/y projected to increase to 30,000 mcm/y by 2010. Agreement worth $13,500 million reached on 28 April by state pipeline and gas agency Botas with Russia’s Gazprom for gas supplies over a 25-year period includes construction of additional pipeline under the Black Sea (MEED 9:5:97)

Iran: 190,000 mcm over a 23-year period. Agreement was reached in August 1996 for the $18,000 million programme, which includes construction of a supply pipeline between Tabriz and Ankara

Turkmenistan: 3,000 mcm/y to be supplied initially through the Tabriz- Ankara line by end of 1999 in lieu of Iranian imports, since Iran will not yet have gas available. Agreement was reached recently with Turkmenistan and Iran for the construction of a pipeline via Iran with a capacity of up to 30,000 mcm/y to transport Turkmen gas eventually to European markets

Egypt: imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) equivalent to 10,000 mcm/y to start in the third quarter of 1999, or the first three months of 2000, according to a framework agreement reached in Cairo in November 1996

Qatar: LNG supplies equivalent to 2,000 mcm/y over 25 years to start in mid-1998, or early 1999

Nigeria: Annual LNG supplies equivalent to 900 mcm/y from 1999

Iraq: Agreement was also reached in May with Iraq for the construction of a gas export pipeline with a capacity of 10,000 mcm/y as part of a joint

project to develop fields in the Mansur area in northern Iraq (MEED 23:5:97). Imports through the pipeline could be as much as its capacity. However, implementation of this project depends on the lifting of UN sanctions against Baghdad.