Iran ready for swap supplies of Turkmen gas to Armenia

The Iranian side is ready to start supplying gas to Armenia from Turkmenistan under a swap scheme, the Iranian publication Shana reported on May 17.

This issue was discussed at the meeting of Armenian Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructures Gnel Sanosyan with Iranian Oil Minister Javad Oudji .

The swap scheme for the supply of gas from Turkmenistan to Armenia implies that Ashgabat will export its fuel to Iran, and Iran, in turn, will supply its own gas to Yerevan. Similar export schemes through third countries are used when there is no ready infrastructure for the direct transfer of hydrocarbons, in this case a gas pipeline connecting Turkmenistan and Armenia.

“Negotiations have begun on pumping gas from Turkmenistan to Armenia through Iran, and the high capacity of Iran's gas distribution network will make it possible to achieve good results in this regard,” the official told the publication after the meeting.

He added that during the talks, good agreements were reached on increasing the export of gas and petrochemical products.

In January 2020, it was reported that Armenia was interested in importing gas from Turkmenistan under a swap scheme through Iran. “Periodic discussions are taking place between Turkmenistan and Iran on this topic,” the Armenian Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructures said.

In February of the same year, an expert on political geography, a lecturer at the University of Tehran, Bahram Amirahmadiyan , told the media that disagreements and disputes between Ashgabat and Tehran hindered the supply of gas from Turkmenistan to Armenia through Iran. In all likelihood, the expert had in mind the gas dispute between the state concern "Turkmengaz" and the Iranian NIGC.

It should be noted that Armenia imports Iranian gas under a barter scheme in exchange for electricity.

Source: Turkmenistan State News Agency-TDH