Iran to Connect Caspian Sea to Persian Gulf
Iran will soon launch a plan to connect the Caspian Sea to the central regions of the country and the Persian Gulf, Fars News Agency quoted Energy Minister Majid Namjou as saying.
According to the minister, this plan aims to provide water for industrial and agricultural purposes in Central Iran. In the areas of the country remote from the Caspian Sea about 500 million cubic meters of water can be transmitted per year, Namjou said.
He added that the plan is developed based on the idea of connecting the Caspian Sea in the North to the Persian Gulf in the South.
Iran plans to build a navigable canal Caspian-Persian Gulf. This means building a transcontinental channel about 600 kilometers long, of which nearly 350 kilometers will be held on the fairways of the rivers Kyzyluze flowing into the Caspian Sea and Karkheh flowing into the Persian Gulf.
Iranian experts have estimated the cost of laying a water artery between the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf to stand at around $6.5 to $7 billion. The project connects the North Atlantic to the Indian Ocean along the shortest route, and its creation could push back the strategic importance of the Black Sea, the Aegean straits and the Suez Canal.