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    Pipe Dreams Realized: Presidents inaugurate Iran-Armenia gas line By Sara Khojoyan ArmeniaNow Monday (March 19), the presidents of Armenia and Iran inaugurated
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 1, 2007
      Pipe Dreams Realized: Presidents inaugurate Iran-Armenia gas line
      By Sara Khojoyan
      ArmeniaNow


      Monday (March 19), the presidents of Armenia and Iran inaugurated the
      Iran-Armenia pipeline in the southern Armenia town of Meghri.

      In sleet and fog Armenia's Robert Kocharyan and Iran's Mahmud
      Ahmadinejad lit a torch symbolizing the pipeline.

      At a press conference following the opening ceremony Kocharyan
      acknowledged the "good will and the readiness to help, manifested by
      the people and the authorities of Iran" during the first years of
      independence of Armenia.

      "The opening of the pipeline is a historic event and, doubtlessly, it
      opens a new page in the Armenian-Iranian relations," Kocharyan said.
      For his part, the Iranian president said:

      "In name of the Almighty Allah, the Most Merciful, I am very happy and
      grateful to the Most High Lord that He gave the opportunity to open
      the Iran-Armenia pipeline today thus rendering a new service to the
      people of Armenia."

      The 700 millimeter diameter Iran-Armenia pipeline is expected to
      annually provide 350-400 million cubic meters of gas to Armenia when
      it opens later this year.

      The Russian company, Gazprom is expected to take over management of
      the pipeline, though no official agreement has been confirmed by the
      Armenian side. A second gas line is under construction, however, that
      would be managed by Armenia and would bring 2.3 billion cubic meters
      of gas to Armenia.

      The current pipeline has a 40-kilometer section in Armenia, and was
      constructed at a cost of about $33 million. Iran's section is 101
      kilometers and the total project cost about $120 million. .

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