TEHRAN (FNA)- A National Iranian Gas Export Company (NIGE) official announced that Iran plans to launch gas exports to Armenia in the very near future.
“Iran plans to annually export some 1.1 billion cubic meters of gas to Armenia and the amount will eventually be increased to 2.3 billion cubic meters by 2019,” the director of the engineering affairs of the NIGE Company, Rasoul Salmani said.
The head of National Iranian Gas Export Company had earlier said that the country would be able to provide Armenia with the gas it needs for the coming winter.
“Iran will pump three million cubic meters of gas to Armenia this winter,” said Reza Kasaeizadeh in an interview with the Iranian students news agency.
Armenia’s Minister of Energy, Armen Movsisyan, has said that the capacity of the Iran-Armenia gas pipeline project would increase to 2.5 billion cubic meters per year.
The Iranian-Armenian pipeline would guarantee Armenia’s energy safety by increasing the capacity of the Kadzharan-Yerevan section of the pipeline by November 2008, Movsisyan added.
The Iran-Armenia gas pipeline officially became operational on March 19, 2007 by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Armenian President Robert Kocharian.
The project will provide Armenia with an alternative to the gas it now imports from Russia.