Iran boost daily electric power exports to Iraq by 200MW

Business Materials 10 December 2011 15:31 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 10 / Trend F.Milad/

Launching the Karkheh-al-Emara 400KW power transmission line increased Iran's electric power exports to Iraq by 200 megawatts per day, the Mehr news agency reported.

The line, commissioned on Friday, will take 1,000 MW of electric power per year to the Iraqi city which can be further increased to 1,150 MW upon the request of the Iraqi side, Press TV reported.

Iran exported over 5,330 gigawatt hours of electric power to the neighboring countries by the end of November, showing a 23 percent increase compared to the same period of last year.

Iranian deputy energy minister has predicted that the country's value of electric power exports would hit $1 billion by the end of the current calendar year (March 20, 2012).

Mehr news agency quoted Mohammad Behzad as saying that technical and engineering services worth $3 billion will be also exported by late 2011.

"Iran currently exchanges electric power with Turkey, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq," he said.

By 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 October.