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Your linked article "Window of Opportunity - Asia Times Version" - is v. interesting.  Any evidence that Russia and Iran are starting to act in concert to develop a Caspian energy market infrastructure?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Jan 2nd, 2015 at 07:49:37 AM EST
Not yet. Very early days. As far as I know this was the first time the concept has been officially floated by Iran.

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by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Fri Jan 2nd, 2015 at 07:58:57 AM EST
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I've often wondered whether Baku is being used as a "cleansing terminal" to make Iranian oil into "Russian"

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by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Jan 3rd, 2015 at 02:30:31 PM EST
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Not a bad idea, but no.

Electricity, on the other hand, has no nationality.

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by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Sat Jan 3rd, 2015 at 03:54:53 PM EST
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My sense is that the Russians use a good amount of the Iranian oil domestically, freeing up their own production for export. That way they can more easily say that they are not selling Iranian oil on the world market.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Jan 4th, 2015 at 09:10:25 AM EST
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In fact no Iranian oil reaches Russia by pipeline - I don't think it ever has.

The most economic method for oil transportation from Iran to Russia as things stand is to ship it North across the Caspian. But Caspian tanker sizes are limited and Iran's Neka port would need to be dredged to accommodate bigger tankers even if they existed.

With the recent opening of the new railway - one for Dodo here

it would be much more straightforward - albeit probably uneconomic - to ship crude oil by rail.

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by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Sun Jan 4th, 2015 at 01:53:25 PM EST
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