Norwegian Firm Signs $2.9bn Solar Deal with Iran

Norway’s Saga Energy has signed a 2.5 billion-euro ($2.94 billion) deal to build solar power plants in Iran, the company said. Saga inked the preliminary agreement with Iran’s state-owned Amin Energy Developers on Tuesday. The deal would see the construction over a four- to five-year period of 2 gigawatts of power generation capacity, Saga Energy […]

Iran Ready to Supply Uzbekistan’s Energy Needs

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed the country’s readiness to meet Uzbekistan’s demands for energy. In a meeting with Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Komilov in Tehran on Wednesday, Rouhani said Iran is prepared to satisfy Uzbekistan’s demands for energy and provide the Central Asian nation with technical and engineering services. Highlighting Iran’s advances in new technologies, […]

Iranian, Turkish Central Banks Ink Currency Swap Deal

Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Valiollah Seif and his Turkish counterpart, Murat Cetinkaya, signed an agreement, according to which the two countries can conduct trade transactions through using their national currencies. During a meeting between visiting Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri and Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in Ankara, Seif and Cetinkaya signed […]

How Iran helped Baghdad seize back Kirkuk

By Fazel Hawramy, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Around 8 p.m. on Oct. 15, an Iranian general from the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) accompanied by Iraqi Commanders Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Hadi al-Ameri sat down with the Kurdish commanders in […]

Tehran, Seoul Discuss Enhanced Energy Cooperation

Iran and South Korea engaged in talks on energy cooperation and trade in areas like liquefied natural gas (LNG), crude oil sale and financing oil and gas projects. Following a meeting with visiting South Korean Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) Kim Hyun-mee in Tehran on Tuesday, Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh said […]

Iran-Turkey Common Borders to Work Around-The-Clock

Visiting Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri announced that Tehran and Ankara have agreed to further facilitate bilateral trade between the two neighboring countries through making common borders operate 24 hours a day. Speaking at a joint press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in Ankara on Thursday, Jahangiri pointed to recent talks between high-ranking […]

Iran Oil Exports Record 8-Month Rise

Market figures show Iran’s exports of crude oil have reached the highest level since February. Figures released by Bloomberg show that Iran shipped 2.28 million barrels a day (mb/d) of crude oil to international markets in September. The rise came as Iran – together with Iraq that exported 3.98 mb/d last month – took advantage […]

Iranian Sites Come Under Hacking Attacks

A number of Iranian websites came under a cyber-attack on Monday night, Iran’s Minister of Communication and Information Technology Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi confirmed. A group of hackers tried to target a number of Iranian sites last night in a defacement attack, Azari Jahromi said on Tuesday. He added that the attacks were foiled by […]

Iran “Playing No Role in Iraq’s Kirkuk Operation”

Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior member of Iran’s Expediency Council, rejected the notion that the Islamic Republic helped the central government in neighboring Iraq to take full control over the disputed region of Kirkuk, which was previously held by Kurdish Peshmerga forces. “Iran has no role in the Kirkuk operation,” Velayati told reporters on the […]

Dentons advises Quercus on €500m Solar Energy Deal

Dentons Europe LLP has advised Quercus, one of the world’s largest renewable energy investors, on a deal worth more than €500 million with Iran’s Ministry of Energy for the development, construction and operation of a 600 MW solar energy photovoltaic (PV) plant in Iran. This is Quercus’ first investment outside of Europe and represents the […]

“Iran’s Facebook” Shuts Down

By John Lee. Iran’s oldest social media network is to close following years of conflict with censors. According to a report from AFP, company director Mohammad Javad Shakouri Moghadam said Cloob.com was entirely blocked three times and the last time it took 28 days to unblock it; he said the actions allowed foreign sites such […]

Iranian Official Urges Enhanced Economic Ties with Iraq

Chairman of Iran-Iraq Chamber of Commerce Yahya Ale-Ishaq has hailed the political ties between Tehran and Baghdad, saying the two sides’ economic ties should also be strengthened. Speaking in a forum of Iranian and Iraqi traders, Al-e Eshaq said the economic relations between Tehran and Baghdad have not developed on par with the political and […]

Assessing the Impact of Shifting Iran-KRG Relations

By Bijan Khajehpour, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq have historically been on good terms. During the Saddam Hussein years, Iran was one of the main countries to host Kurdish leaders. In the post-Saddam […]

Trump Remarks “Unlikely to Impact Oil Market”

Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh said he believed it was unlikely that American President Donald Trump’s recent assertions on Iran’s nuclear program would impact the oil market. Reacting to the US president’s recent remarks on Iran’s nuclear deal and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Mr. Zangeneh said: “I see it unlikely that […]

No Change in IMF Policy on Iran

By John Lee. The Managing Director of the International Monterey Fund (IMF) has said the IMF sees no reason to change its policy on granting loans to Iran, despite US pressures and bans. Christine Lagarde (pictured) told a news conference on Sunday: “You know, we operate with 189 members, and we only provide support and […]

European Powers Continue to Support Nuke Deal

Joint statement from Prime Minister Theresa May, Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron following President Trump’s statement on the US’ Iran Strategy. We, the Leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom take note of President Trump’s decision not to recertify Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to Congress and are […]

Video: Trump’s Iran Speech raises Int’l Concern

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Trump’s decision on the Iran nuclear deal is raising international concerns. Many argue the US cannot unilaterally amend a security council resolution. Iran has also sent a formal letter of protest to the […]

Trump Speech Sparks Outrage in Iran

From Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. In Iran, both government officials and regular citizens have reacted with anger to the Oct. 13 speech made by US President Donald Trump on his new Iran strategy. Though Trump attempted to distinguish between the Iranian […]

German Firm Starts Construction of Solar Plant

By John Lee. IRNA reports that a German-Iranian company has started construction of first phase of a new 100 MW solar power plant in Meybod. Pasargad Solar Projects Ltd is developing the project in collaboration with Kronos Solar Projects GmbH and Parsia Business Development Solutions. (Source: IRNA)

Iran 3rd in World for Exploration Capacity

Iran is ranked as the third country in the world, after Russia and Iraq, for enjoying exploration capacity, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Addressing an upstream forum at the 3rd Iranian Petroleum and Energy Club Congress and Exhibition in Tehran, Director of Exploration at the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) Seyed Saleh […]