Armenia to ‘Soon’ Start Selling Electricity to Turkey

BAKU (APA)–Armenia will soon start supplying electricity to Turkey, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources said Tuesday, the Azeri Press Agency reported.

According to APA, all technical issues have been resolved and power will begin transferring as soon as Turkey is ready to receive electricity.

Under the agreement signed late last year between Armenia’s Energy Ministry, the Armenian Electricity Networks CJSC and the Turkish UNIT Company, Armenia was to start supplying 1.5 billion kilowatt per hour of electricity a year to Turkey in March of this year. According to the agreement that amount was eventually to increase to 3.5 KW/h.

Its announcement that Armenia would sell Turkey electricity came days after the first-ever visit of a Turkish head of state to Armenia. Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul had responded to his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sarkisian’s invitation to attend a World Cup qualifier between the two countries’ soccer teams in Yerevan on September 6, which kick-started a series of high-level meetings between the two countries’ officials believed to pursue the ultimate goal of establishing diplomatic relations, opening the hitherto closed border and promoting direct trade.

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