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Iran's Electricity Export to Pakistan to Rise

Iran's electricity industry ranks 14th in the world in terms of output and 19th in terms of consumption.

A 230/63-kilovolt power substation went on stream in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan last week in the framework of plans to boost electricity exports to Pakistan,

The Jakigur 230/63 kV substation project, which was implemented at an estimated cost of $6 million, has boosted power exports to the eastern neighbor.

In the project, electricity is first converted to 230 kV and then to 63 kV and supplied to buyers.

Following Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian's tour of Pakistan in March 2016, Tehran  signed a memorandum of understanding with Islamabad to boost power exports to the neighboring state by 30% and the Jakigur substation project was part of that plan.

Pakistan imports 74 megawatts of electricity from Iran per day and reports say it intends to increase this to 104 MW per day, or nearly 30%.

Pakistan is willing to raise power imports from Iran to 1000 MW, he said, adding that would be subject to improving infrastructure, setting up new transmission lines and providing the necessary equipment to boost the electricity supply.

According to Arash Kordi, managing director of Iran Power Generation, Distribution and Transmission Company (Tavanir), Iran's electricity export is forecast to more than double from the current 10 billion kilowatt-hours per year to 20-25 billion kWh per year by 2020.

Iran's electricity industry ranks 14th in the world in terms of output and 19th in terms of consumption.

The country is the largest exporter and importer of electricity in the Middle East and exports power to Pakistan, Turkey, Iraq and Afghanistan. Azerbaijan and Armenia supply electricity to Iran under swap agreements.

 

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