Work to begin soon on linking Iran power grid to Russia, Azerbaijan: Report
…from PresssTV, Tehran
[ Editor’s Note: I had known that Iran has been investing in electric generation, in what seemed far in excess of its projected domestic needs as a way to use its huge gas deposits to earn foreign revenue with long term electric exports.
Despite the hostile Arab governments west of Iran in the Persian Gulf, Iran continues to nail down the security of its borders by becoming an economic hub for its neighbors that it can help develop in multiple ways.
If Iran gets caught up in a shooting war in the future and its electrical grid is damaged, this power grid plan could end up as a life saver.
It also assures that New Silk Road investment will have a diversified power grid to serve area needs, binding them all together in not only an economic group but one with inter-dependent defense. If one gets hurt, it threatens the others.
This news also shows how practical Iran is with its open arms to Azerbaijan, despite its having had a long and close relationship with Israel. The Azeris were selling a lot of oil to Israel and buy weapons in return.
It will take time, but as I have written in the past, eventually an air defense system will be required to defend the Silk Road connection network and its hubs. The lower cost of production, especially for the larger production runs will save the members money on defense.
The US unipolar muscle flexing is actually stimulating this buildup to happen sooner, rather than later. In hindsight, some could view the US’ forward deployment as counterproductive.
The New Silk Road could end up being forced to form its own NATO, which would raise the stakes in a major conflict. And the only people who benefit from that are the arms producers and insiders who short the financial markets before the pivotal events… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … September 17, 2020 –
Iran, Russia and Azerbaijan are close to starting works on a project to link their power systems, shows a report, as Tehran seeks greater access to regional energy markets to export its surplus electricity.
The Thursday report by the official IRNA news agency cited recent statements by high-ranking officials from the three countries showing that the synchronization project agreed some 15 years ago and kicked off in 2017 would soon be implemented.
The report said the study phase of the project, which had been commissioned to an Iranian contractor, was nearing its end and authorities are preparing to start the implementation phase.
Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian said last week that feasibility and technical studies related to the project would conclude within the next few months.
The report by IRNA also cited comments by Russian Foreign Minister Seregi Lavrov during a meeting with Azerbaijani officials in September last year in which he elaborated that both Moscow and Baku were intent on implementing the relatively complicated project.
It also made a reference to comments by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in January in which he had highlighted the immense capacities that existed for electricity cooperation between Azerbaijan, Iran and Russia.
IRNA said the implementation of the project would strengthen reliability of the electricity networks in the three countries while it would create opportunities for more power exports from Iran, a country that has seen its electricity generation capacity increased steadily over the years.
Iran and Russia have expanded their trade and energy relations in recent years mainly through agreeing on a series of key infrastructure projects in Iran while Tehran has managed to gain access to a Russian-led economic bloc to enjoy preferential tariffs for imports and exports of certain goods.