News & Reports News Year 2010 December , 2010 'Iran's electricity exports up by 6%'

'Iran's electricity exports up by 6%'

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Iran's electricity exports have increased by six percent during the first three quarters of the current Iranian calendar year (that started March 21), Energy Ministry says.

Iran's Energy Ministry said in a statement that the country has exported 4,630 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity to its neighboring states during the past nine months, compared with 4,374 GWh during the same period last year.

Iran also increased its electricity imports from 1,632 GWh to 2,373 GWh during the same time, it said.

The figure shows a 45 percent increase in Iran's electricity imports.

Iran's electricity network had integrated into the power grids of seven neighboring countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.

Iran exported more than 5.5 billion kWh of electricity to neighboring countries during the past Iranian year, IRNA reported.

Iran is the 19th largest producer and 20th largest consumer of electricity in the world.

Earlier this year, Iranian Energy Minister Majid Namjou said Russia, India, Qatar, the UAE, Jordan, Syria and Oman are the new countries that have asked Iran for electricity.

According to the minister, Iran has the capability to turn into a regional exporter of electricity.

The minister also stated that Iran has attracted more than 1.1 billion dollars in investment to build three new power plants.
(press tv)