Three electric offers of Iran to Spain

TEHRAN, Sep. 09 (MNA) – Iran’s energy minister called for reopening lines of financing, transfer of knowledge, and construction of wind and solar power plants in Iran’s electrical industry.

The new round of talks on electricity and energy has started by the visit of Spain’s Industry, Energy and Tourism Minister Jose Manuel Soria to Iran and his meeting with Iranian Minister of Energy Hamid Chitchian.

Pointing that Iran is ready to expand economic relations with Spain, Chitchian said in the meeting that, “these relations can improve in various fields including production, distribution, and transmission of electricity as well as in different sectors of water, wastewater, and renewable energies.”

The Iranian Energy Minister deemed the development of renewable energies as one of the main policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Ministry of Energy, asserting that Spanish companies possess a good potential in wind and solar energy, which can be an important factor in the cooperation between the two countries.

Pointing to the construction of hydropower equipment by Spanish companies, as well as their experiences in the field of electricity production, transmission and distribution as other aspects of cooperation between the two countries, Chitchian underlined that, “the activities and cooperation of Spanish institutions and companies needs to continue in the form of technology transfer.”

Expressing that during the period of sanctions different countries did not follow an identical approach towards Iran, he noted that, “Iran’s Ministry of Energy welcomes the presence of Spanish companies in Iran and voices its support of these companies.”

Spain’s Industry, Energy and Tourism Minister Jose Manuel Soria also said that Iran and Spain both have deep and ancient cultural roots which made Spain’s first ambassador to Iran make his first official visit to Iran over 400 years ago asserting that, “visiting Iran has been of utmost political, industrial, and cultural importance which leads to expansion of economic and commercial relations."

Noting that Spanish companies will be eager to invest in Iran due to the full backing of Iran’s government, Soria stated that, “Spain is ready to start extensive cooperation in several fields including new, classical, photovoltaic, solar, hydraulic, and thermic energies as well as in water desalination systems.”

He further expressed that during the sanction years, despite the enormous pressure imposed upon Iran, Spain did not break off cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran concluding that, “I hope by the removal of sanctions, the relations between Iran and Spain will expand exponentially.”


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