Iran eyes resuming import of Turkmen gas

Turkmenistan Materials 18 October 2021 17:38 (UTC +04:00)

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Oct. 18

By Farida Nuri – Trend:

A member of the Iranian National Parliamentary Energy Commission Seyyed Musa Mousavi announced that Tehran officials are in talks with the Turkmen authorities to resume gas imports, and expressed hope that the oil and energy ministries will take measures to prevent power and gas outages in Iran during the winter, Trend reports citing Turkmen ORIENT news agency.

According to the information, Mousavi in ​​an interview with ICANA agency, referring to reports of a shortage of electricity and gas in winter, said that according to the head of the Iranian Program and Budgetary Organization, the deficit of electricity in the country ranges from 11,000 to 12,000 megawatts.

Mousavi added that in resolving this issue, as in previous years, resources such as gas imports from Turkmenistan should be used.

Turkmenistan has cut off gas supplies to Iran since January 1, 2017. Ashgabat was forced to cut gas supplies to Iran due to the large debt of the Iranian company for the gas supplied earlier. Despite lengthy negotiations, the parties could not agree. Then the Turkmengaz State Concern was forced to file a claim with the International Arbitration Court.

Last year, the International Court of Arbitration (ICA) announced its verdict over the Iranian-Turkmen gas dispute in favor of Turkmenistan.