‘Iran power exports rise by 3 percent’

Iran’s Ministry of Energy says the country’s electricity exports to its neighboring states have risen by three percent since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21, 2013) compared to the same period last year.

According to a report published by Mehr News Agency, Iran has exported 9,993 gigawatt-hours (GWh) to its neighbors since March 21.

Meanwhile, Iran generated 234,031.2 GWh of electricity during the noted period. The figure shows a 4.69-percent increase compared to the corresponding period last year.

Thermal power plants accounted for 221,092.1 GWh of the total volume of Iran’s generated electricity while hydroelectric power plants generated 12,939.1 GWh of electricity.

Iran annually exports over USD 2 billion worth of electricity. The country is currently exchanging electricity with Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkmenistan and Turkey.

The Islamic Republic seeks to become a major regional exporter of electricity and has attracted more than USD 1.1 billion in investments for the construction of three new power plants.

On October 30, Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian said that exporting technical and engineering services in the field of water and electricity to other countries, especially in the Middle East, is one of the policies of the Ministry of Energy.

By Press TV


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