Armenian officials informed their counterparts in Tehran Wednesday morning that an explosion has occurred at some segment of the Iran-Armenia pipeline, which lies inside Armenian border, according to SHANA news agency.
According to Iranian officials, gas will resume flowing through the pipeline as soon as Armenia repairs the damaged segments.
Iran began exporting natural gas to Armenia in May. According to a deal signed in May 2004, Armenia will pay for the gas with electricity it produces at itsSoviet-era nuclear power plant at Metzamor.
Based on the agreement, Iran is supposed to transfer three million cubic meters of gas per day to Armenia by the end of 2010, and from the beginning of 2011 raise this volume up to four million cubic meters per day.
The volume of gas exports could gradually rise to 6.3 million cubic meters per day.
In exchange, Armenia will transfer three kilowatt/hours of electricity for each cubic meter of the Iranian gas.
The Iran-Armenia pipeline has a diameter of 30 inches and runs for 113 kilometers from Tabriz to the Iran-Armenia border.