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Armenia to construct new electricity transmission line to Georgia

Jan 21, 2010- BBC Monitoring

The Armenian government has approved at its session today a project of construction of 400-kilovolt electricity transmission line from Armenia to Georgia. The project was introduced by Armenian Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Armen Movsisyan.

The minister said that of the electricity transmission line would be 105-km long and occupy an area of 19.2 hectares. Relevant state agencies were instructed to prepare proposals on changing the status of lands along the electricity transmission line.

That will be the forth electricity transmission line going from Armenia's Hrazdan town [Kotayk Region] to the Georgian town of Gardabani. It is planned that the line will ensure parallel operations of the power grids of Armenia, Georgia and Iran. Currently the issue of construction of the third electricity transmission line between Iran and Armenia is being studied. The current project costs about 90m dollars.

[Passage omitted: Three electricity transmission lines currently connect Armenia and Georgia]

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