Iran: Not obligated to give India Farzad B gas field
This comes after India said it's willing to invest nearly $11 billion to develop the field, which was discovered by an ONGC-led consortium of Indian companies in 2008.
Tehran has also rejected India's threat of reducing oil imports from Iran.
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Iran signed a basic agreement to develop the gas field with Russian energy giant Gazprom in May.
The move was in retaliation to India's threat to cut imports of Iranian oil if the contract for Farzad B wasn't given to it.
Last month, India said Tehran should reciprocate the faith shown by it in buying oil from Iran even though it faced international sanctions.
Iran: No agreement signed to allow India to develop field
The Iranian parliament's energy commission chief Asadollah Gharekhani said both Iran and India had decided to conduct joint feasibility studies on the Frazad B field, which were completed.
"However, no decision was made that would suggest the project to develop the field should necessarily be contracted out to India," Gharekhani said.
The issue has strained India's ties with Iran.
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Gharekhani also said the Indian consortium could've received priority on Farzad B.
He also said Iran suffered losses selling oil to India and receiving payments in Indian Rupees.
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