Turkey and Iran form electricity, dams accord

Turkey and Iran have reached an agreement in principle over electricity trade and dam and power station construction, Turkish Energy Minister Hilmi Guler said May 31.

Guler’s Iranian counterpart, Parviz Fattah, also told reporters the capacity of an existing power line between the two countries could by increased 2.5 times and two further links could be constructed.

“Iran has created a very inviting atmosphere for investing there,” Guler said, highlighting improved trade and energy ties between the two countries. “The power station to be built could use either natural gas, or oil products, and the electricity to be produced could either be sold to Turkey or some of it could be utilized in Iran.”

Fattah invited Turkish companies to study building dams and power plants in Iran. Fattah added Guler would visit Iran in the near future.

Iran is a key provider of oil and natural gas to Turkey. The two countries are also united in their opposition to the formation of a Kurdish state in northern Iraq, fearing it could encourage separatism among their own Kurdish populations.

Last month, an official of Belarus utility Belenergo said Iranian experts might cooperate with Belarus in the construction of hydroelectric projects in the former Soviet republic. The remarks came shortly before a state visit to Belarus by Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (HNN 5/22/07)

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