Iran to relocate airport after discovering oil under the tarmac
Auther - Unknown Enter Date - 2013-01-03
Iranian authorities plan to relocate the city of Ahvaz airport after discovering an oil field under the runway.

"The Iranian Oil Ministry will acquire Ahvaz airport and a new
airport will be built 15 kilometres from the city," the Director of the
Iranian Airports Company Mohammed Rasulnijad told Iranian television
İribnews on Friday.

The Cabinet has already negotiated the
relocation of the airport, Rasulnijad said. The construction of the new
transport hub is due to start in the coming days.

Iran is under
pressure from international sanctions, mainly over oil exports, imposed
by the UN Security Council, the US and the EU in order to curb the
Islamic Republic’s controversial nuclear program.

Iranian oil
production fell by up to 60% this year to 1.54-1.76 million bpd from 4mn
bpd, according to OPEC. However, Iran denies output was cut due to the
sanctions, but due to the maintenance of the oil fields.

response Iran threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz. The waterway
accounts for more than a third of the world's seaborne oil exports from
Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait, Iraq, the UAE and Qatar.