Iran, Russia discuss plans to connect power grids: Report

Iran, Russia discuss plans to connect power grids: Report

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Moscow, Mar 12 : Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian and his Russian counterpart, Alexander Novak, have discussed in their phone talks the possibility of connecting the two countries' power grids via Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan, the Iranian Energy Ministry said on Tuesday.

According to the ministry, Ardakanian and Novak held talks on Monday. "During this conversation, [the ministers] have discussed the connection of Iranian and Russian electricity grids via Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia, the construction of four blocks of the Sirik thermal power plant and other issues," the ministry said in a statement.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, agreed in November 2015 that the Sirik thermal power plant, comprised of four 350-MW steam-power blocks, would be built in southern Iran, with Russia providing 1.2 billion euros ($1.35 billion). In February 2017, the construction started, and it is expected to take around four years and a half.  (UNI-SPUTNIK)