Iran trades 1,862 MW of electricity with neighboring countries on April 8

Business Materials 9 April 2014 15:35 (UTC +04:00)

Tehran, Iran, April 9

By Milad Fashtami - Trend:

Iran traded 1,862 megawatts (MW) of electricity with its neighboring countries on April 8.

Iran exported 1,386 MW of electricity to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Armenia, and Turkey on the mentioned day, the IRNA News Agency reported on April 9.

The country also imported 476 MW of electricity from Armenia and Turkmenistan on the same day.

Deputy Energy Minister Sattar Mahmoudi said in November 2013 that Iran annually exports 8 billion kilowatt hours of electricity to neighboring countries.

"The mentioned figure is about 3 percent of the country's total output," the ILNA News Agency quoted Mahmoudi as saying.

"Iran is currently among the world's top countries in regards to electricity control and transmission," he said.

Mahmoudi went on to note that Iran's production capacity has surpassed 70,000 megawatt hours.

"Iran has electricity ties with all the neighboring countries," he said, adding that Tehran eyes to export electricity to Europe via Armenia, Russia, and Azerbaijan.

"Iran has the potential to become an electricity hub in the region," he concluded.