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Iran to boost electricity exports to Pakistan upto 200 MW: official

Islamabad, Deputy Director of Tavanir Company (Iran's Production and Transfer of Power) says that Iran's exports of electricity to Pakistan will increase to 200 megawatts.

In an interview with IRNA after the two-day meeting of Iran-Pakistan electricity committee here, Majid Faramad said the two countries had already signed a contract on electricity exports.

He said that during the meeting it was agreed that the process to export electricity should be sped up for the implementation of the project.

Faramad added that following a contract signed between Iran and Pakistan several years ago to increase electricity exports, it was agreed in the meeting to complete and execute a 220-kilowatt transmission line between the Pakistan's Gwadar port and Chabahar port of Iran.

Deputy Director of Tavanir (Planning Iran's Production and Transfer of Power) stressed: 'We hope that with the support of the Export Development Bank of Iran, the contract would be carried out by the contractor and the private sector of Iran, as soon as possible, and the amount of exports of Iran's electricity to Pakistan will increase from 100 megawatts to 200 megawatts.

The manager at Tavanir Company regarding the duration of the project also said: As soon as the banking channel between the two countries has resumed the process to execute the project would be started. He said that it would take two years to complete the project.

Iran and Pakistan signed a first export agreement of 34 megawatts, about 16 years ago, in 2002, and then increased to 74 megawatts, now increasing to 100 megawatts.

A 220 kV transmission line is also under construction in the Chabahar area, which, if completed, could increase electricity exports to Pakistan and Gwadar to 300 megawatts.

Iran currently exports 100 megawatts of electricity to Pakistan via an 132 kV transmission line from Sikh Gurk, Sistan and Baluchistan to the Mend district of Pakistan.

There are also about four megawatts of electricity supplied to Pakistan via the two 20 kV lines in the Mir-Jawa and Saravan area, and it, can be said that Iran is exporting 104 megawatts of electercicty to Pakistan.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has already announced its readiness to supply the most important source of Pakistani energy supplies, including gas, electricity, oil and petroleum products, to resolve the energy crisis in the country.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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