Tajikistan Will Get Gas from Iran: Aliasgar Sherdust

By Arif Qoreshi

ISLAMABAD: There were threats from Uzbekistan to Tajikistan from since long over a water dispute which resulted in total blockage of gas supply to the latter last month, that forced the Tajikistan to see other options of energy to over come its difficulties, he was in close touch with Iran to solve this problem.

 Finally Tajikistan, Iran and Afghanistan signed agreements on the establishment of connecting routes and the exchange of oil, gas and water during the fifth trilateral summit of the presidents of the three Persian-speaking countries in Dushanbe on March 25, 2012.

Tehran even offered what they had proposed Pakistan in Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan pine line issue that it is ready to pay for the construction of Tajik part of the gas pipeline. Also Iran expands cooperation with Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Iran plans to export gas to Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and China, Iranian Ambassador to Tajikistan Aliasgar Sherdust said, Trend news agency reported.

Iranian and Afghan presidents visited Tajikistan two weeks ago and discussed gas exports. Tajik president requested help from Iran due to lack of gas.

The ambassador said that the sides have been discussing realization of projects for transport of electricity and water for years and signed a deal.

They also plan to build a pipeline to transport water from Tajikistan to Iran through Afghanistan. The sides decided to modernize roads and railways, establish a system for electricity exchange between Iran and Tajikistan. Tajikistan has surplus of electricity in spring and summer, Iran has them in winter. The states will exchange electricity.

Iran assists Tajikistan in constructing the Sangtud-2 dam with an output of 220 MW. It is located 70 km away from Dushanbe. Its first phase was launched in September 2011, producing 110 MW. Iran has invested $240 million in construction of the facility. Another power plant will be built.

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