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  Last Update:  29 November 2011 21:22  GMT                                      Volume. 11309

Iran to boost power generation capacity by 25,000MW
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altBy the end of the fifth national development plan (2015) Iran will boost its electricity generation capacity by 25,000 megawatts, Energy Minister Majid Namjou said in Tehran on Wednesday.

He made the remarks in the opening ceremony of the Tehran international power industry fair.

The deputy Iranian energy minister has predicted that the country’s electricity exports would amount to $1 billion by the end of the current calendar year (March 20, 2012).

The Mehr news agency quoted Mohammad Behzad as saying that three billion dollars worth of technical and engineering services will be also exported by the yearend.

During the first half of this year, Iran's electricity export to neighbors was 4 billion kwh, ILNA reported earlier, quoting Managing Director of Iran's power network Mir Fatah Qarehbaghi as saying.

"Iran currently exchanges electricity with Turkey, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq," he said.
This year, the volume of Iran's electricity export to Iraq reached the highest rate," he said. "The country imported 100 million kilowatt hour," he added.

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