Iran trades power with CIS neighbors to alleviate seasonal shortages
CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) members Azerbaijan and Armenia are expecting 360 megawatts of electric power transmitted over this winter season from their southern neighbor, Iran. The Islamic Republic had imported a corresponding amount of electrical energy from its former Soviet neighbors during the summer, to meet its seasonal energy shortage, reported IRNA.
Iran also started to export power to Pakistan on a limited scale and is planning to sell power to Afghanistan by next year, according to an official at Iran's Power Generation and Transmission Organization (TAVANIR).
Currently, Iran’s national grid is directly interconnected to three neighboring countries—Turkey, Azerbaiijan, Armenia. Turkmenistan will be connected in the near future. While at present, Iran exports only 200MW to these three countries, the figure is expected to increase to 3,000 MW by 2020.
With over 29,000 MW installed capacity serving Iran’s 70-million population. The generated electricity at peak last year was 18800 MW. The rate of annual electricity consumption growth is around seven percent. The national grid comprises 60,000 kilometer of transmission lines and over 380,000 kilometer of distribution lines. — (menareport.com)
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