IRNA – Armenia is capable of becoming a bridge for transferring Iran gas to other countries, including Europe.
According to Armenian Media ‘Panorama’, an expert in energy and international security field Armen Manvelyan said “Iranian gas supplies to Georgia via Armenia is highly possible, especially when such an attempt was made during the tenure of former PM Hovik Abrahamyan, when a small amount of Iranian gas was exported to Georgia through Armenia by a private company’.
“Technically such a deal is also possible since the maximum discharge of the Iran-Armenia gas pipeline stands at 2.3 billion cubic meters a year, but it uses only 15 percent of its capacity,” he added.
“Transiting gas through several territories requires long-term negotiations; even if a political decision is made, it is a very difficult issue to handle in economic terms. Therefore, it is unlikely to transfer large volumes of gas to the European Union through Armenia,” he noted.
Armenian premier Nikol Pashinyan arrived in the Iranian capital on Wednesday (February 27).
In Tehran, he met and conferred with Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani on various bilateral issues.
Earlier, Pashinyan underlined the importance of energy for Yerevan, saying Armenia is ready to play its role in transiting gas.