April 10, 2012 - 12:16 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Iran hasn’t yet started petrol imports to Armenia, a reliable source at the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources told PanARMENIAN.Net
“Petrol imports were discussed in bilateral cooperation framework, however no practical steps have yet been taken,” the source at the ministry said.
As Mehr news agency (MNA) reported earlier, quoting the managing director of the National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company, Armenia expressed interest in importing oil products from Iran.
According to Jalil Salari, importing oil products from Georgia is not economically justified for Armenia. So, it has embarked on importing the products from Iran.
The Iranian private sector will transfer oil products to Armenia via road transportation fleet in the first phase, he said, adding that exports of oil products will be continued using pipelines.
In February, Iranian and Armenian oil ministers signed an agreement, based on which Iran will supply Armenia with gasoline, gas oil, kerosene, and jet fuel.
Iran’s gasoline and gas oil production capacities are currently around 50 million liters and 100 million liters per day respectively.
Iran is now exporting gasoline and diesel fuel to neighboring countries, the managing director of the National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company Alireza Zeighami said.
According to Zeighami, Iraq, Armenia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan are now importing or have called for the import of gasoline and diesel fuel from Iran.