Ukraine considering piping Iranian gas via Armenia

Published October 19th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The Ukrainian energy authorities are considering their country's participation in a pipeline, which will transport natural gas from Iran and through Armenia, Georgia, Crimea and onto Western Europe, said Arthur Gubar, a spokesperson for Neftegas Ukraine. 


Ukraine reportedly is ready to import up to 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Iran through the Armenian territory. As to Gubar, the Georgia-Crimea section can be submarine with further connection to the system of gas main to Europe. 


Speaking to the Black Sea Press Aleksandr Sverdlov, the director of the oil, gas and oil processing department of the Ukraine's Ministry of fuel and energy, said the Ukraine is interested in the Iran-Armenia gas main and believes it can be connected to a line from Turkmenistan. According to Sverdlov, the "rout of the gas main to the Ukraine from Iran through Turkey died".  


Sverdlov said the Turkmenistan authorities are already considering a Ukrainian proposal, which foresees two gas main lines with a diameter of 1000 mm each, through which 60 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year can be pumped.  


"In the event that the existing Ukraine's gas transport system is used, Sverdlov said, the cost of the system would be $5 billion. However, if a completely new system is constructed, the cost will approach the $10 billion mark. — (Albawaba-MEBG) 


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