Iran and Armenia Agree to Build Power Stations on Arax River

TEHRAN (Armenpress)–Iran and Armenia agreed on May 14 to build two power stations at the border of their two countries–IRNA reported.

The decision was taken at the seventh meeting of the joint technical commission–and agreed to by Iran’s Water and Energy Resources Company Ira deputy head for development projects Naser Ne’mati–and Armenian deputy minister of energy Karen Sarkisian.

"Given the 40-km Iran-Armenia common border across the Arax river–the two sides decided to use the relevant hydroelectric potential," Ne’mati said.

According to a report released by the Iran’s Public Water and Energy Resources Company PR department–Ne’mati said that the first power station–with a production capacity of 130 MWs–will be established in Armenia by building an 18.3-km tunnel.

"The second one with a capacity of 140 MWs will be constructed in Iran. A 17.5-km tunnel is required to be set up for the second power station," added the report.

The preliminary studies on the first phase of the second project is currently underway.

Five documen’s have already been signed and necessary talks on expediting the settlement of the current problems have been held.

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