Iran says electricity exports to Lebanon require political will

Business Materials 14 December 2012 13:00 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 14/ Trend G.Mehdi/

Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Mohammad Behzad has said that technical infrastructures are ready to export electricity to Lebanon and an agreement among political bodies is necessary to realise this goal.

IRNA quoted Behzad as saying that although there is a complete connection between the power grids of Iran and Lebanon, some countries and especially Iraq, should help remove geopolitical problems.

The 230KV and the 400KV sections of the transmission line are ready to operate, he noted.

Lebanon is currently getting 100 megawatts of electricity from Iran and that will grow to 200 megawatts, Iran's Energy Minister, Majid Namjoo said in July.

Iraq is serving as a point of transfer to deliver electricity to Syria and Lebanon.

Namjoo said Iranian companies are currently repairing Syrian power stations which other countries had refused to work on.

Iran currently trades power with Turkey, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. The Islamic Republic has made a concerted effort to increase its sales and trade of electricity.