Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 9
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Export of electricity from Iran to Iraq is normally underway after an explosion hit a power installation in eastern Iraq, said Arash Kordi, managing director of Iranian Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Management Company (TAVANIR).
"There is no problem in exporting electricity to Iraq. All the transmission lines between the two countries are connected," Iran's Mehr news agency quoted Kordi as saying on August 9.
An explosion targeting a power installation in eastern Iraq disrupted the flow of electricity from neighboring Iran, the Iraqi electricity ministry said on August 6, aggravating energy shortages amid a week-long heatwave.
Iraqi officials said it had reduced capacity by 400 megawatts.
However, Kordi said that based on data received from the Iranian power dispatching center, fortunately there is no restriction in exporting electricity to Iraq.
"Iran exported some one thousand megawatts of electricity to Iraq last day. The figure can be increased to 1,400 megawatts. The problem is related to the Iraqi internal network and is nothing to do with the Iranian side."
Iran has agreed to export between four and five billion kilowatt hours of electricity to Iraq per year, he noted.
Iran exported 4.3 billion kilowatt hours of electricity to Iraq in Iranian fiscal year 1392 (March 2013-March 2014), but the figure declined to 2.5 billion kilowatt hours in the year ended in March 2015 due to damages on the transmission lines inside Iraq.