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Iran, Iraq, Syria to connect national power grids within days
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_04_power.jpgTEHRAN - Iran, Iraq and Syria will connect their national power grids within the next few days, said Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Mohammad Behzad.
He told the Mehr News Agency that synchronizing the power grids of Iran, Iraq and Syria with that of Lebanon will make the biggest electricity network in the Muslim World, he added.
Iran is fully prepared to export electricity to Lebanon and Syria and power transfer to these countries will officially start as of next week, Abdolhamid Farzam, Iran Energy Ministry’s official in charge of foreign exchanges said on May 13. 
According to Farzam, electricity export to Lebanon and Syria is taking place as part of an agreement reached between energy ministers of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon in February. 
Power transfer to Lebanon and Syria will be carried out in two phases, 50 MW in the first phase and 200 MW in the second phase, Farzam added, Press TV reported. 
Earlier in February, Iran's Energy Minister Majid Namjou said Iran was planning to export electricity to Syria and Lebanon through Iraq’s power grid. 
Namjou said Iran is capable of exporting 1,000 MW of power to Iraq, adding that Syria had also demanded 500 MW of electricity from Iran. 
“Iran is also able to export 50-100 MW of electricity to Lebanon through Syria,” Namjou said. 
Iran is currently exchanging electricity with Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Pakistan, Nakhichevan, Turkey and Turkmenistan.

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Last Updated on 02 July 2012 14:36