EU: Iranian Gas Imports A Possibility In Case Of Final Nuclear Deal

Riga (Alliance News) - Europe could consider importing gas from Iran if a nuclear deal with the ...

Alliance News 16 April, 2015 | 4:41PM
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Riga (Alliance News) - Europe could consider importing gas from Iran if a nuclear deal with the country is finalized, a top EU energy official said Thursday, shortly before negotiations on Tehran's controversial nuclear programme were due to resume.

"It's ... clear that if finally there is in the month of June a final agreement with Iran, it opens new possibilities in the future," EU Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said in Riga, following a meeting of the bloc's energy ministers.

He pointed to the fact that the Southern Gas Corridor - an assortment of projects meant to transport gas from Azerbaijan to Europe - will "have the possibilities of going further away to Turkmenistan and Iran in the future."

The EU is keen to diversify its energy sources, as part of a bid to rely less on Russia for gas.

The southern corridor is meant to focus mainly on Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, but could be extended to other countries in the region if such moves are deemed appropriate.

The bloc's executive, the European Commission, has not ruled out stepping up energy cooperation with oil-rich Iran, but only if "all concerns" related to its nuclear programme are addressed.

Diplomats and experts from Iran and six world powers are due to meet in Vienna next week to start hammering out the legal and technical details of the nuclear deal, after the parties agreed on its outlines earlier this month.

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