Afghanistan importing 90 percent of its electricity demands
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 12
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
About 90 percent of the Afghanistan's electricity demands are provided by its neighbouring countries.
Afghanistan imports electricity from Iran, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Wahidullah Tohidi, the spokesman of the country's power distribution company "DABS", said, Iranian IRIB news agency reported on May 12.
Tohidi went on to say that only 40 percent of Afghans have access to electricity.
Iran is a key supplier of electricity in the Afghan provinces of Zabul and Nimroz. During a cutoff in 2011, due to Iranian domestic shortages, Nimroz was not able to receive any power from other sources, relying completely on Iranian supply.
Iran currently trades power with Turkey, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Armenia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
Iran's total electricity generation stood at 263 billion kilowatt hours during the 12-month period from March 2013 to March 2014, which indicates an increase by 3.6 percent compared the preceding year, according to the annual report of the country's energy ministry.