Iran’s electricity exports to neighboring countries have increased by about 34 percent since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 20, 2012).
According to Iran’s Energy Ministry, the country has exported 8,974 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity over the past 10 months, which shows a 33.48-percent increase compared to the same period last year.
On January 7, 2013, Iran’s Energy Minister Majid Namjou said the country’s power exports will increase to 10 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2013) from 6.8 kWh the previous year (ended March 20, 2012).
Seeking to become a major regional exporter of electricity, Iran has attracted more than USD 1.1 billion in investments to build three new power plants.
According to the Iranian energy minister, by the end of the Fifth Economic Development Plan (March 2010-March 2015), Iran will boost its electricity generation capacity by 25 gigawatts to reach 73 gigawatts.
Iran is currently exchanging electricity with Armenia, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Nakhchivan, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Source: Tehran Times