Following a meeting between Iranian
Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh and visiting Armenian Prime Minister Karen
Karapetyan in Tehran on Tuesday, Amir Hossein Zamaninia, deputy petroleum
minister for international affairs and trading, said gas was the main topic of
discussion during the meeting.
"During the meeting, the
Armenian premier voiced his country's keenness to purchase gas from Iran (besides
bartering gas for electricity with Iran) and it was decided that more talks be
held on the matter with the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC)," he said.
The official further added
that Iran has also agreed to cooperate with Armenia in this regard.
"Today's meeting was
held in a friendly atmosphere in the framework of the interests of the two
countries," Zamaninia added.
In a July 2016 meeting with
visiting Armenian Energy Minister Levon Yolyan, Zangeneh said Iran was going to
build up its natural gas supply to Armenia from 1 million cubic meters a day to
3 million cubic meters in the next few years.
“Iran will do it at Yerevan’s request,” Bijan
Zangeneh said after their meeting in Tehran.
Zangeneh said that Iran would
increase its gas export to Armenia before 2019.
He added that Iran has
already increased the export to 3.5 million cubic meters per day, since Russian
natural gas supply to Armenia through Georgia’s territory ceased temporarily.