Iran resumes electricity export to neighboring countries
Baku, Azerbaijan, August 21
The spokesman of Iran’s Power Generation, Distribution and Transmission Company (Tavanir) said the country has resumed electricity export to its neighbors after it halted supply in the beginning of the year, particularly during the hot summer season when electricity demand for cooling soars.
Supplies are back to normal several weeks after intermittent power outages hit Iranian provinces in the summer, Mahmoud Reza Haqfami told ISNA on August 21.
He added that Iran is no longer facing power failure.
According to reports, Iran had previously cut power supplies to Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan due to high domestic demand.
“Currently, Iran is exporting electricity to Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan in limited quantity,” the official said.
The Energy Ministry plans to add 3,000 MW to the national grid to guarantee sustainable electricity supply along with an anticipated rise in demand across all sectors.
Currently, the nominal power generation capacity of Iran stands at 78,736 MW.
The country plans to increase its nominal electric generation capacity to 100,000 MW by 2025, 1,000 MW of which should be produced from solar energy.
During the first quarter of the current fiscal year (March 20 to June 22) Iran's power plants generated over 80,687 GWh (gigawatt hours) of electricity.
National electricity demand is forecast to exceed 57,000 MW next summer, as people turn on air-conditioners to alleviate simmering temperatures.
Iran's power demand hit a historic high of 55,400 MW in July, up from about 53,000 MW in the fiscal 2016-17 year.