Iran to boost electricity export capacity to Turkey

Iran Materials 15 May 2012 15:40 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, May 15/Trend M. Moezzi/

Iran's capacity to send Turkey electricity will grow when a power line stretching between the two countries goes from 230 kilovolts to 400 kilovolts.

When the project is finished, Iran and Turkey's electricity exchanges will go from 200 to 500 megawatts, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reports.

Tehran has established varying degrees of electricity trade with all its neighbours. To its west, it trades energy with Iraq, Turkey, Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan and to its east it trades with Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Iran's electricity trade with the Republic of Azerbaijan is seasonal and it helps transfer power to the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.

Tehran buys electricity for its own domestic consumption from neighbours who have an excess. It does so because the prices are below what's produced internally, said Farzam Behboudi an Energy Ministry official.

Last year (Iran's solar year ended on March 19), the country's goal was to expand electricity exports by 30 per cent and imports by 12 per cent. The energy ministry is working to add to those numbers this year.