The Islamic Republic’s electricity exports to neighboring countries have increased by about 32 percent since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2012).
Iran has exported 9,688.4 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity over the past 11 months, indicating a 32-percent increase in comparison to the same period a year ago, when the country exported some 7,352.5 GWh of electricity to neighboring states.
Iran is currently exchanging electricity with Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkmenistan and Turkey.
Earlier in February, Iran’s Energy Minister Majid Namjou said the country was planning to export electricity to Syria and Lebanon through Iraq’s power grid.
He said Iran is capable of exporting 1,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity to Iraq, adding that Syria had also requested 500 MW of electricity.
Seeking to become a major regional exporter of electricity, Iran has attracted more than USD 1.1 billion in investments to build three new power plants.
According to the Iranian energy minister, by the end of the Fifth Economic Development Plan (March 2010-March 2015), Iran will boost its electricity generation capacity by 25 gigawatts to reach 73 gigawatts.
(Source: Press Tv)
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