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Iran-Armenia gas pipeline to be operational in December 2006

TEHRAN, Apr. 9 (Mehr News Agency) -- The first phase of Iran-Armenia gas export pipeline is expected to kick off in early December 2006, technical and foreign relations director of Armenia Energy Ministry Leon Vartanian announced on Sunday.

"The project is moving at desirable pace and it is going to come on stream 30 days earlier than anticipated time," the Persian service of ISNA quoted Vartanian as saying, adding that the pipeline is 40 km long within the Armenian territory.

Elsewhere in the news, Iran's oil minister, Seyyed Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh, stated that the country is exporting gas to Nakhichevan, Azerbaijan Republic, on energy exchange basis and several other gas export plans to the neighboring countries are under consideration.

A natural gas sale to Armenia is Iran's third largest long-term contract in this sector after the export agreements to Turkey and UAE. The deal is projected at the daily volume of nine million cubic meters.

Pistachio production to grow by 50,000 tons this year TEHRAN, Apr. 8 (Mehr News Agency) - Behruz Gheibi, an official in the Agricultural Jihad Ministry said here on Saturday the production of pistachio would hit 250,000 tons in this Iranian year (started March 21, 2006). If the weather does not get cold in the next ten days, the pistachio production will reach 250,000 tons in this Iranian year, he noted, adding, the predicted figure is an increase by 50,000 tons compared with the last Iranian year.

Speaking about export of pistachio, Gheibi said that nearly 130,000 tons of this crop valued at $730 million was exported in the previous Iranian year. Export of this product will be boosted this year upon the growth in production, he emphasized.

As far as export of the non-oil commodities is concerned, pistachio ranked the second in the last Iranian year.

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