Iran to supply gas turbines to Russia

Iran has technologies to produce almost all equipment for the gas industry, said the head of its gas engineering company.

Moscow and Tehran have reached a deal that would see the Islamic Republic sell 40 locally produced gas turbines to Russia, Reza Noushadi, CEO of Iran’s gas engineering and development company, told the Iranian news agency on Sunday. Iranian Ministry of Petroleum, Shana.

According to Noushadi, Iran is currently capable of independently producing “85% of… the equipment needed by the gas industry. This ability allowed him to sign the contract with Moscow, he added. The CEO did not reveal when exactly the deal was struck and when the turbines are due to arrive in Russia.

Russian officials have so far not commented on Noushadi’s statements. This development comes as the sanctions policies of the United States and its allies have affected industrial ties between Russia and its Western equipment suppliers. Earlier this year, national energy giant Gazprom had to gradually reduce gas deliveries to Europe via the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline due to technical problems with turbine maintenance.

Problems arose due to sanctions imposed on Russia that prevented the maintenance of certain equipment and the delivery of spare parts, the company said at the time. One of these turbines, initially supplied to Russia by the German company Siemens, remained stuck in Canada, where it had been sent for maintenance, due to Ottawa’s sanctions policy. Berlin eventually managed to get it back but it was never delivered from Germany to Russia.

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Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2, which have not yet been launched due to opposition from Berlin, are currently out of service due to leaks on both pipelines due to a series of underwater explosions, which many countries regard as an act of sabotage.

Meanwhile, Russia is expanding its economic cooperation with Iran. At the end of September, the Iranian Ministry of Petroleum announced its intention to buy nine million cubic meters of gas per day from Russia via Azerbaijan for its needs, as well as an additional six million cubic meters of gas per day, in the part of an exchange agreement that will see the gas exported to other countries from Iranian liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals.

The announcement came as Tehran revealed details of a July deal between the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and Gazprom. The deal involves cooperation in oil and gas infrastructure development, including the construction of LNG terminals and gas pipelines, Iranian officials said. The deal is worth $40 billion, according to local media.

On Friday, Iran’s Ambassador to Russia Kazem Jalali also told reporters that the Islamic Republic plans to increase imports of Russian grain and become the biggest importer of the product. “Last year, I believe, we were in second place in our purchases in Russia. Next year we will be, I think, number one. the diplomat said at the recent « Made in Russia » forum.


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