Armenian energy delegation due in Tehran to discuss gas

Tehran, June 12, IRNA – An Armenian delegation is due in Tehran next week for negotiations on new prices and an increase of Iran's gas exports to Armenia, according to a senior Iranian energy official.

Behzad Babazadeh, the director of international affairs of National Iranian Gas Company (NIOC), said on Tuesday that Yerevan thermal power plant has requested for more Iranian gas.

Noting that the contract between NIGC and Yerevan thermal power plant provides that the Iranian gas shall be exchanged with electricity generated by the other side, Babazadeh said that the Armenian side wants imported gas from Iran to be increased from 1 mcm to 1.6 mcm.

Iranian officials say that the pipelines are capable enough for pumping more gas to Armenia and Iran has no problem with increasing the volume of gas exports to the country in so far as Yerevan can pay the price or provide Iran with more electricity.

Armenia began importing gas from Iran in 2009.

The two existing electricity lines are capable of transferring 300MW of electricity and cannot be used for transferring more electricity between the two countries.

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