Ukraine offers Iran assistance to develop country`s gas infrastructure

Iran is ready to consider Ukraine`s assistance to construct and upgrade the country`s gas transportation infrastructure, particularly, the underground gas storage facilities and compressor stations, as well as to boost the capacity of Iran`s gas transportation system, the government press service reported, following talks between Ukraine`s Energy Minister Ihor Nasalyk and Iran`s Petroleum Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh.

The talks were conducted in Tehran from July 31 to August 2.

”The Iranian side has shown interest in a proposal of the Ukrainian delegation concerning participation of [Ukraine`s] enterprises in the development of Iran`s energy infrastructure, in particular, the construction of underground natural gas storage facilities, construction and modernization of existing compressor stations, boosting the capacity of the Iranian gas transportation system,” a statement read.

It also reported that the parties agreed to set up a working group of experts that would be tasked with identifying within a 30-day period the most promising areas of cooperation in the energy sector between Iran and Ukraine.

As UNIAN reported earlier, in March 2016, negotiations took place between ex-minister of energy Volodymyr Demchyshyn and Iran`s Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian. During the meeting, the parties agreed to start work on projects that involved the participation of Ukrainian enterprises in the modernization of Iran`s energy infrastructure, heating and hydro facilities. In particular, they discussed the construction and modernization of 400kV power grids. Additionally, the possibility of involving Ukrainian specialists for the maintenance, modernization and security enhancement of the Bushehr nuclear power plant was considered.

The Energy Ministry`s press service reported that Nasalyk was on a working visit in Tehran from July 31 to August 2, during which he met with ministers Zanganeh and Chitchian. Following these negotiations, the Islamic Republic News Agency, or IRNA, reported Iran`s readiness to assess the feasibility of transit shipments of its crude oil to the Czech Republic and Slovakia via Ukraine.

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