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Can Baku and Tehran jointly exploit fields in the Caspian Sea? |

Minister of Energy of Iran Ali Akbar Mehrabian on July 6 To Azerbaijan business trip did. Its that day Azerbaijan A meeting was held with the Minister of Energy Parviz Shahbazov.

It’s been a while since Baku and Tehran are said to be negotiating on the joint development of hydrocarbon fields in the Caspian Sea.

But the head of the Oil Research Center Inspiration Shaban He told RFE/RL that there must first be a structure for this cooperation: Azerbaijan an actual oil field was opened during the years of independence. We are talking about the “Karabagh” field, which was opened in 1998. At the same time, in this period, two gas bed opened, 2010“Umid” in 1998, and “Umid” a year laterAbsheron“. Only three deposits have been opened in 30 years, two of which are currently in operation. From this point of view, Iran’s good will with Azerbaijan’s oil-gas it is necessary to evaluate positively the desire to operate the beds. But the other side of the issue is finding those fields, this is already a technological-geological issue.”

According to I. Shaban, geophysical studies have not been conducted in the areas where cooperation can be realized. he 20In the year 01 Azerbaijan When the “Gilavar” ship wanted to create geophysical structures in the Caspian Sea Iran He also mentioned the removal by ships: “Secondly, neither Iran nor Azerbaijan have the technology to exploit the layers located in the deep layers and part of the Caspian Sea.”

According to I. Shaban, geophysical studies have not been conducted in the areas where cooperation can be realized. he 20In 2001, the ship “Gilavar” of Azerbaijan wanted to create geophysical structures in the Caspian Sea Iran He also mentioned the removal by ships: “Secondly, neither Iran nor Azerbaijan have the technology to exploit the layers located in the deep layers and part of the Caspian Sea.”

Deputy Elman NasirovTuransaid that the priority direction of Azerbaijan’s foreign policy is the format of bilateral cooperation. Deputy he also added that there were elements of tension and misunderstandings in relations with Iran in certain cases: “But these have been eliminated and the positions on strategic issues coincide. Most importantly, our positions were the same in determining the legal status of the Caspian Sea. In this meaning Baku Tehran is an interested party in the field of energy. If Iran and Azerbaijan reach a common position on the issues of joint exploitation, why not this cooperation?!”.

Economist Nemat Aliyev and considers such cooperation theoretically possible. But he believes that oil in the Caspiangas joint development of deposits raises many questions. According to him, it is not enough for Iran to improve its relations with Azerbaijan only: “Because in the Caspian sector USAof Norway and others Europe leading companies of their countries have been operating for many years. A few years ago, the duration of the contracts was extended. Also Azerbaijan if it implements the policy of European integration, then Iran’s normal relations with the West appear as a condition. If these problems are not solved, it is too early to talk about it.”

Deputy E. Nasirov looks at the issue from another angle:RussiaUkraine Although there is an energy crisis in the world due to the conflict, Washington is reconsidering the relations with Iran and Venezuela. “However tense the West’s relations with Iran are today, it would be a mistake to say that it will not soften tomorrow.”

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