Armenian Prime Minister suggests new route for Turkmen gas

Armenian Prime Minister suggests new route for Turkmen gas

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, during his visit to Iran, met with representatives of the Armenian community of Tehran and told them about the economic projects of Armenia and Iran. This is reported by the Armenian media. Pashinyan noted that Yerevan is interested in supplying Iranian natural gas at a lower price than gas purchases from Russia. He added that in case of a lucrative offer, Armenia could become a transit country for the supply of Iranian natural gas to Georgia.

The head of the Armenian government also spoke about another gas project. “There is also a project for the transit of Turkmen [natural] gas through Iran to Armenia and then to Georgia,” Nikol Pashinyan said.

It is said that any new is well forgotten old. Of course, the project that the Armenian Prime Minister spoke about in Tehran is not new. They talked about it before, but rarely spoke, because at that time, more or less, the situation in the field of gas cooperation suited everyone. If you remember now, then something has changed. At the same time, it is necessary to recognize that the project, which Pashinyan recalled, is interesting and much more realistic than it seems at first glance.

This project also has its pitfalls, but, in comparison with other projects, it also has great advantages. In particular, a big plus is the absence of the Caspian Sea on this route. This means that you will not have to break spears with opponents of the supply of Turkmen gas, for example, to Europe.

The fact is that the proposal of Pashinyan refers us to the experience of gas cooperation, which was at the dawn of the independence of the post-Soviet republics. Now this is somehow not particularly customary to recall, but in the early years of independence, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan bought Turkmen natural gas through the Russian gas transmission system.

Pashinyan proposes to return to this scheme with the only difference that Turkmen gas will go not through the Russian gas transportation system, but through the Iranian one. Why? The head of the Armenian government does not hide this. He is looking for natural gas at a lower price than gas purchases from Russia.

It is normal to buy natural gas not because it is Russian, Iranian or Turkmen, but because it is the cheapest, that is, profitable.

We do not know how events will develop further, but we know that all projects began with words. No wonder they say – in the beginning was the word.

Nury AMANOV