1028 GMT December 14, 2019
According to the Deputy Head of Iran Electricity Industry Syndicate Payam Baqeri, of the mentioned figure 1,200 MW is exported to Iraq and the rest goes to Afghanistan and Pakistan, each 100 MW, IRIB reported.
“These figures show that Iran currently does not have significant amount of electricity exports to the neighboring countries,” Baqeri said.
The official noted that most of Iran’s neighboring countries greatly rely on electricity imports because of their poor infrastructure and networks and Iran should use this opportunity.
Based on the country’s Sixth Five-Year National Development Plan (2016-21), Iran has planned to become an energy hub in the region and the government needs to take necessary measures to achieve this goal, he added.
“If the country wants to become the region's electricity hub, it will undoubtedly need to increase its electricity exports capacity to neighboring countries, while synchronizing its networks with them,” he explained.
Iran has had electricity exchanges with most of its neighbors including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Iraq, as well as the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic among which Turkey, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan have been solely importers of Iran’s electricity.
The country has recently synchronized its electricity network with that of Iraq in order to be able to boost its power cooperation in the future.
Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian said in August that his country had exported 2.3 billion kilowatts of electricity to the neighboring countries since March 21.
Ardakanian said that the exports were made in the wake of proper management of electricity consumption this year, as the country suffered no power outages this summer.
He added that Energy Ministry will inaugurate 227 projects including 10 big dams in nine provinces.
"We have increased the power generation capacity as much as 1,800 MW each year since the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution," he said.
Ardakanian further noted that over the past six years, valuable potable water projects have been commissioned in rural areas, as 10,200 villages joined water supply system.