Iran proposes to Azerbaijan to adapt Iran-USSR gas pipeline to oil

Jul 11, 2002 02:00 AM

Iran has proposed to Azerbaijan to adapt the Iran-USSR gas pipeline, which has been idle for 10 years, as an oil pipeline. This proposal was announced by Muhammedali Subhanulakhi, governor of the Iranian province of East Azerbaijan, at a meeting with Azerbaijani President Heydar Aliyev in Baku.
He said that officials in Teheran are interested in supplying Caspian oil to the Tebriz Oil Refinery. In connection with this the Iranians propose to transport Caspian oil to Tebriz through the existing pipeline between Astara in Iran and Azerbaijan. Iran would like to receive 50,000 bpd of oil through this pipeline, the governor said.

In addition, an Iranian delegation also proposed to develop petrochemical cooperation with Azerbaijan. With this aim in mind, a delegation from East Azerbaijan visited the Azerbaijani city of Sumgait and, according to the governor, the Iranian side is ready "to share technology to set up joint production of petrochemical products."

Source: The Interfax News Agency
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