Iran to increase electricity export to Pakistan
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 18 / Trend T.Konyayeva, T.Jafarov/
Iran will increase export of electricity to Pakistan in the nearest future, the Mehr news agency quoted Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Mohammad Behzad as saying on Friday.
"Iran exports 100 megawatt of electric power a day to Pakistan," Behzad said. "However, Islamabad expects this figure to increase up to 200 megawatt a day in the nearest future and up to 1,000 megawatt in the long term."
He noted that Iran is ready to increase export of electricity on step-by-step basis.
Behzad further said Iran's electricity grid is currently connected to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan and will be connected to the grid of Persian Gulf's countries.
He stressed that Tehran hold talks with Baku and Ankara on connecting the Iranian electricity system to the Russian electricity grid through Azerbaijan and to the Lebanese grid through Turkey respectively.
"Thus, Iran is turning into an electric hub in the Middle East," Behzad said.
In mid-November, the Energy Ministry reported that Iran has exported over 4,870 gigawatt hours of electricity since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (began on March, 21), showing 24 percent growth year-on-year.
Following the report, Behzad has predicted that the country's electricity exports would amount to $1 billion by the end of the current calendar year.