Iran exchanges over 1.8GW of electricity with neighbors
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct.1/ Trend F.Milad/
Iran has imported and exported 1.813 gigawatts (GW) of electricity from and to its neighboring countries on Sunday.
The highest amount of imports and exports were respectively related to Turkmenistan and Iraq, with 373 megawatts and 1.06GW, the IRIB reported.
The country's installed power generation capacity is currently about 67 gigawatts (GW), Energy Minister Majid Namjou said.
The Energy Ministry plans to increase the electricity generation capacity by 5GW this calendar year, which ends on March 20, 2013, he added, the ISNA news agency reported.
Last year, Iran exported 8.6 billion kilowatt hours of electricity to its neighboring countries and the figure is projected to hit 10 billion kilowatt hours, Namjou noted.
By the end of the Fifth Five-Year Economic Development Plan (March 2016), Iran will boost its electricity generation capacity by 25GW to reach 73GW, Namjou said on February 7.
Iran trades power with Turkey, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq.