Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 5
By Dalga Khatinoglu - Trend:
Denmark's Maersk Group has confirmed its being in energy-related negotiations with Iran.
"We can confirm that we have met with representatives from the Iranian government to discuss possible projects," Simon Mehl Augustesen, head of media relations, group communication and branding at Maersk Group, told Trend Jan. 5.
"Nothing has been agreed and we cannot share further details," he added.
"We respect the international sanctions framework, and any decision on engagement in energy or transport business in Iran will have to await sanctions repeal," Augustesen further explained.
Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said Jan. 5 that Tehran is holding talks with Maersk Oil for developing Iran's oil fields.
He made the remarks on the sidelines of a meeting with visiting Danish Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen in Tehran, the oil ministry's official SHANA news agency reported.
"Iran is interested to cooperate with Danish firms in upstream oil sector as well as petrochemical and refinery projects," added the Iranian minister.
Maersk, if involved in Iran's oil sector, would become the first Danish company to cooperate with the Islamic Republic in upstream oil and gas sector.
While responding to a reporter's question about the oil fields in development of which the Danish firms will participate, Zanganeh said they are interested to cooperate on Caspian fields, meanwhile Iran wants the cooperation to focus on development of South Pars gas field's oil layer.