Iran to resume electricity export to Afghanistan

Business Materials 16 February 2021 15:52 (UTC +04:00)
Iran to resume electricity export to Afghanistan

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Feb. 16


Iran`s spokesman for the electricity industry Mostafa Rajabi Mashahdi has spoken about the resumption of electricity exports to Afghanistan, Trend reports via ILNA.

Referring to the latest situation of electricity exports to Afghanistan after the explosion at the border customs of the two countries, Mashahdi said that wires of communication lines were damaged due to the explosion.

"Currently, we have stopped exporting electricity to this country because of the explosion, repairs need to be done," he said, adding that the high-voltage lines suffered the most damage.

He announced Iran's readiness to rebuild Afghanistan's damaged electric power transmission lines.

“The incident should be closely investigated,” he said, adding that according to the received reports, the reconstruction won't take a lot of time.

He said that as soon as everything is stabilized, Iran's export of electricity will resume.

An estimated 500 oil and gas tankers have been destroyed in a catastrophic explosion and fire at Afghanistan's biggest trade crossing with Iran, causing tens of millions of pounds of losses.

The huge blaze, which broke out Saturday afternoon at Islam Qala port, 75 miles from the western city of Herat, has been contained and an investigation launched into its cause.

At least 60 people were injured after hundreds of fuel vehicles exploded.