Iran’s electricity exports rise by 40 percent

Business Materials 4 December 2012 17:02 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec.4/ Trend G.Mehdi/

Iran exported around 177000 gigawatt hours of electricity to its neighboring countries since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20), showing 40 percent rise compared to the corresponding figure in the previous year, the Mehr News Agency reported on Tuesday.

Currently, Iran exchanges electricity with Turkey, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq. It plans to connect national power grids to Oman, the UAE, Qatar, Lebanon, and India in the future.

At present, Iran's power generation capacity stands at 67GW and it is projected to hit 70GW by the end of the year.

Sixteen new power stations with the total capacity of 2.6GW have come on stream in the current Iranian calendar year. By the next September, 23 new power stations will be put into operation with the total capacity of 12 GW.