TEHRAN, Jun. 04 (MNA) – Iran’s Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian has announced the country’s readiness to join the electricity grid of Europe.
Speaking at a meeting with Energy Charter Secretary General Urban Rusnák in Tehran, Chitchian said Iran possesses the necessary potential to get connected to Europe’s power grid; “the Energy Charter Secretariat is in charge of facilitating relations between countries in the field of energy.”
The official said Iran now collaborates with seven neighboring countries in the field of import, export and exchange of electricity saying “at the present time, the volume of Iran’s electricity export excels its imports.”
“Recently, an agreement was reached to connect Iranian and Russian electricity grids via transmission lines of Armenia, Georgia and Russia,” reported the official asserting “currently, we hold ties with Armenia through two transmission lines while the third line is under construction.”
Chitchian went on to note that a deal has also been reached with Azerbaijan Republic in order to reach the Russian power grid through the neighboring country; “talks are underway with the Persian Gulf states in order to connect the countries’ power grids through sea cables.”
The visiting Secretary General of Energy Charter Secretariat Urban Rusnák, for his part, deemed connection of power grids as a necessity to compensate for the lack during peak electricity times adding “any proposal on the part of Iran will be welcomed and we seek to find a suitable European partner to conduct relevant negotiations.”
Stressing that European countries are desperately seeking to establish electrical connections with other countries, Rusnák said “electricity prices in central and northern Europe are very low and we make an effort to make a connection using Iran’s comprehensive information.”
The official maintained that the signing of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) by Iran is being pursued; “we welcome Iranian experts and their suggestions regarding the interests of eager countries.”
“All expenses of Iranian experts will be undertaken by the International Energy Charter Secretariat for them to continue negotiations on various aspects of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) in order to achieve good results,” Urban Rusnák concluded.
By Mehr News Agency