Tehran passes Iran-Azerbaijan power plants bill
Tehran, Iran, August 31
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
The Iranian parliament has passed a bill on the joint construction of two power plants with the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The hydroelectric power plants will be built near the Araz River borderline in the Iranian town Marazad and Azerbaijan’s Ordubad, Iran Ambassador to Baku Mohsen Pak Ayeen told Trend August 31.
He said the bill was passed with 180 votes in favor, 9 votes against, and 5 abstentions.
Iran and Azerbaijan inked a MoU last December which covers cooperation in 12 various sectors including energy.
Based on the signed document the two parties will cooperate in construction of power plants at Khoda Afarin and Qiz Qalasi dams on Araz river and following the issue of agreement on the construction of "Ordubad" power plant on the Azerbaijani side and "Marazad" power plant on the Iranian side as well as implementation of joint guideline on border rivers' water management.
Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian in February said that co-op with Azerbaijan in water and electricity sectors should be boosted.
He also said that Tehran and Baku have held talks over construction of geothermal and wind power plants in Iran's Meshkin Shahr and Khaf cities respectively, and the projects were said to kick off soon.
There has also been talk of linking the electricity networks of Iran, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Russia.