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Iran, Azerbaijan to continue talks on gas exports in 2004

Tehran and Baku will continue their talks next year on the export of an annual volume of 350 million cubic meters of natural gas to Azerbaijan's autonomous republic of Nakhichevan, IRNA reported on Tuesday.

The Fars News Agency on its website quoted an Azeri official as saying that Azerbaijan is also considering to commission the project of building and reconstructing gas pipelines in Nakhichevan to the Islamic Republic.

The official said Azeri experts had completed their task on the related deals with Iran over the above projects, stressing however that there had still been no response from Tehran.

The agency further stressed that Iran and Azerbaijan needed to finalize their talks on gas transfer and pipeline reconstruction projects before taking any final decision toward those issues.

It said Azerbaijan's proposed volume of gas imports from Iran stands at 350 million cubic meters in a year, stressing that this volume of gas will be transferred through a pipeline stretching 1,474 kilometers.

It also said that 296 kilometers of the pipeline is in Azerbaijan. It added that the pipeline is capable of transferring 10 billion cubic meters of gas in a year, and that the total cost of repairing it has been estimated at 1.84 million dollars.

The agency also reported that Iran is expected to construct a station to test gas in Azerbaijan's Astara.

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