TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran exchanged 2,218 megawatts of electricity with its neighboring countries on Friday, the Energy Ministry announced on Saturday.
The country exported 1,987 megawatts of electricity to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Armenia, and Turkey, and imported 987 megawatts of power from Armenia and Turkmenistan yesterday.
Iran’s power swaps with the neighboring countries showed a positive balance of 1,756 megawatts on Friday.
Iran is currently swapping electricity with Armenia, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Iraq and Afghanistan.
In October, Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian expressed pleasure in the growing volume of Iran’s power exports to the neighboring states, and said Iraq, a main consumer of Iranian electricity, has called on Tehran to boost power supplies to the country.
“We are moving on a growing trend in exporting electricity to the neighboring countries, including Iraq, Turkey, Armenia, Pakistan and Afghanistan,” Chitchian told FNA in Tehran at the time.
Earlier in May, former Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Mohammad Behzad announced that the country’s electricity exports have increased 40% since the beginning of the current Iranian year (started March 21), and said Tehran has signed several contracts with the neighboring states to export electricity.
He said Iran is expected to export about 10bln kilowatts of electricity in the current Iranian year.
Behzad also said Iran has signed several contracts with its neighboring countries in this regard, which will help boost its electricity exports.
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