Iran's electricity grid will be connected with Russia and Azerbaijan in a few months, once grid compatibility studies are completed, Iran's Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian said on Friday.
Iran's power grid could be linked and synchronized to connect with other grids either via Azerbaijan or via Armenia and Georgia, Ardakanian said, as reported by Iranian Fars news agency.
"Iran welcomes either of the two routes which gets ready first," Fars quoted minister Ardakanian as saying.
Iran, Azerbaijan, and Russia have agreed to set up a company which has already started working on the project to link Iran's grid to Russia via Azerbaijan, he added.
The idea of connecting Iran's power grid with Russia via Azerbaijan was first aired in March 2019, when Ardakanian met with the then Azerbaijani minister of economy and industry, Shahin Mustafayev, in Tehran.
"We are considering plans for connecting the country's power grid to Russia through the Republic of Azerbaijan, which will help synchronize Iran's power system with that of Russia," the Iranian minister said back then.