Iran to become energy crossroad of region
Tuesday, November 08, 2005 - ©2005 IranMania.com
LONDON, November 8 (IranMania) - "Iran would take another step closer to be energy crossroad of the region should an electricity network connection agreement with the Republic of Georgia, via Armenia, be reached," executive director of Iran's Electricity Network Management Company Mohammad Ali Vahdati stated.
"Currently, Iran's electricity network is integrated with all the neighboring countries except Russia; it would be so in the next two years," Vahdati elaborated further. He also stipulated that there were to be a meeting with the Georgian technical staff in September, however, it could not be materialized due to certain problems, according to an MNA report.
"It is decided that a multilateral meeting to be held with Armenian and Georgian technical groups in Armenia in late November in order to study the existing networks and potentials and exchange views based on (technically) obtainable capacities," he maintained.
The idea to expand electricity integration beyond the country's neighbors surfaced on the sideline of recent CIS (Commonwealth Independent States) conference in Georgia, having Vahdati and deputy energy ministers of other two countries to come up with a good understanding on the matter. The initiative assumed an impetus and came to forefront when the Georgian president visited Iran thereafter.