September 24, 2008

Armenian Leader Says New Energy Projects to Improve Country’s Security

Text of report by Armenian newspaper Hayots Ashkharh on 24 September

President Serzh Sargsyan has said that an Iran-Armenia gas pipeline will be put into operation in the future and that this fact will be a new phenomenon in Armenia's economic life.

"We should be able to manage two opposite gas routes [from Iran and Russia]. We should also do our best to put into operation the 5th energy unit of the Hrazdan thermal power plant by the planned deadline so that we can run the economy efficiently. If the new nuclear power plant is put into operation, the share of the nuclear and thermal energy [sectors] will be almost equal. Concurrently, it is also necessary to develop the hydroelectric power [industry].

"Work has already begun in all these sectors. This will essentially change the quality of our country's security," he said yesterday [23 September].

Originally published by Hayots Ashkharh, Yerevan, in Armenian 24 Sep 08, p 1.

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