Turkmenistan to increase electricity export to Iran
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Oct.24
By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov signed a decree "on the conclusion of additional agreements on contracts for sending electricity to the Islamic Republic of Iran" at a meeting of the country's government, the report of the government of Turkmenistan said Oct.24.
Earlier it was reported that Turkmenistan plans to build Mary-Mashad (Iran) and Balkanabad-Aliabad (Iran) power transfer line (PTL) with a voltage of 400 kV. New power transfer lines will allow performing long-term plans to export electricity to Iran and Turkey (by transit through the Iranian power grid).
It was previously reported that the amount of electricity annually exported by Turkmenistan to neighboring countries is more than 2.8 billion kilowatt-hours, or 13-15 percent of the total output.
In addition, currently Turkmenistan carries out works to expand the power transfer in the direction of Afghanistan. The possibilities of its transmission to Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan and countries in the Caucasus are studied.
According to the conception of the electric power industry development of Turkmenistan for 2013-2020, it is planned to build 14 gas turbine thermal power plants (TPP) in various provinces of the country.
Turkmenistan plans to increase the production of electricity to 27.4 billion kilowatt-hours until 2020 and to 35.5 billion kilowatt-hours until 2030.