Iran and Russian in talks to connect electrical networks

Iran Materials 9 January 2012 13:55 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 9/ Trend M. Moezzi/

In the next few months, Iran could connect its electrical grid to Russia, the Mehr news agency reported.

Iran's electricity network would connect to Russia through Azerbaijan or Armenia, said Homayoun Haeri, managing director for the Iran power generation transmission and distribution management company (TAVANIR). According to the project's timeframe, the two countries should be connected by the next Iranian year (Iran's solar year ends in March).

Iran currently exports electricity to, Turkey, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. It plans to connect its network with Persian Gulf neighbours to the south, while a new line will increase Iran's electricity exchanges with Azerbaijan and Georgia to the north. Talks are also underway with Turkey to route electricity to the Lebanon.

If an agreement is reached with Russia to connect the two countries' electrical grids, Iran will move toward becoming an electricity hub in the Middle East region.

Iran exchanges energy with Armenia, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Nakhichivan, Iraq and Afghanistan.