News ID: 255391
Published: 0313 GMT July 06, 2019

Iran ready to export 300MW of electricity to Iraq

Iran ready to export 300MW of electricity to Iraq

An official in Iran’s Western province of Kurdestan announced on Saturday that the country is capable of providing 300MW of electricity to the Northern Iraqi city of Solaymaniyah.

The managing director of the Power Distribution Company of Kurdestan, Hiva Lahounian, added that if the necessary infrastructures on both sides are provided, the figure can increase to 900 MW, reported Mehr News Agency.

His Iraqi counterpart in Solaymaniyah Province, Salar Hisamuddin, said this week that there has been the necessary coordination between Iraq’s central government and Solaymaniyah for the purchase of electricity from Iran.

Noting that due to Solaymaniyah’s failure to pay its debts to Iran, it is no longer possible for the province to import Iranian electricity, the official said that the local officials expect the Iraqi central government and the president to step in and solve the problem.

Despite the major obstacles that the United States has created for Iran’s energy customers, Iraq continues to purchase gas and electricity from Iran.

Iraq has been the biggest importer of Iranian electricity for more than a decade. The Arab neighbor needs at least 23,000 megawatts of electricity to meet domestic demand. Decades of war, civil strife and terror attacks have destroyed its power infrastructure. Iraq has a power deficit of 7,000 megawatts.

Iran is a major energy generator in the region, supplying its neighbors with oil, gas and electricity.

Last week, Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Homayoun Haeri and Armenian Deputy Prime Minister Mher Grigoryan, in a meeting in the capital city of the Caucasian country, exchanged views on ways to increase energy cooperation between Tehran and Yerevan, particularly extending the power grid between the two neighboring countries.

At the meeting in Yerevan, Haeri and Grigoryan discussed setting up a grid for electricity transmission.

Grigoryan said that the preferential tariff agreement between Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) served as a suitable opportunity for developing bilateral and multilateral relations.

During the meeting both sides underlined the importance of following up regional interactions in the energy field.


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