Iranian energy ministry receives permission to transfer Caspian Sea water to inland

Oil&Gas Materials 7 October 2012 20:11 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct.7/ Trend F.Milad/

The Iranian energy ministry has received necessary permission to transfer water from the Caspian Sea to central parts of the country, an official at the ministry of energy stated.

Alireza Daemi told the ISNA News Agency that financial and technical problems of the plan have been removed.

Two similar water transfer plans have been developed, he said, adding that one is the transfer of water from Oman Sea in the south to Kerman and Yazd provinces, and the other is eh transfer of water from the Caspian Sea in the north to Semnan province.

Meanwhile, on June 6, speaker of Iranian parliament Ali Larijani sent a letter of request to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, asking him to cancel a section of the legislation on transferring the Caspian Sea's water to central Iran.

If the president disagrees, the legislation will be repealed, Shomal News reported.

In his letter, Larijani cites two legal problems with the government's actions in the Caspian Sea Water transfer project.

First, the government's funding for the project exceeds the ceiling set in last year's budget law and second, the administration's cancellation of the bidding process on the project is contrary to the law.

The Caspian Sea water transfer project would send 500 million cubic meters of desalinated water from the Caspian to central Iran annually.

In recent weeks, Iran's Supreme Audit Court and another supervisory body, the General Inspection Office of Iran (GIO) have asked the Energy Ministry for documents on the Caspian Sea project.

Inaugurated in the Mazandaran Province's town of Sari, the pipeline is to deliver water southeast to the Semnan Province in its first phase.