JNN 06 April 2012 Islamabad : Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has announced that Islamabad plans to purchase 1,100 megawatts (MW) more electricity from its western neighbor, Iran.The Iranian deputy minister stated that Iran is currently implementing various contracts for exporting electricity to neighboring countries.
The electricity supplied from Iran to the Pakistani Balochistan Province would prove especially helpful in overcoming the country’s energy shortage, Gilani said during a meeting with the Iranian Vice President Mohammad-Javad Mohammadizadeh in Boao, China.
The Pakistani prime minister also expressed interest in buying oil, gas and electricity from Iran despite the US-led sanctions imposed against the Islamic Republic over Tehran’s nuclear energy program, Dawn News reported on Sunday.
On February 26, 2012, Iran doubled its power supply to the Makran region of Pakistan from 35 MW per day to 70 MW after the enhancement of transmission lines.
A spokesman for Pakistan’s Ministry of Water and Power told reporters that the daily 70 MW supply will meet the electricity demand of the Makran division for the next five years.
Iran is currently exchanging electricity with Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Pakistan, Nakhichevan, Turkey and Turkmenistan.
Iran’s total power generation capacity stands at 63,403 MW while the total length of the power grid exceeds 780,000 km.
The Islamic Republic seeks to become a major regional exporter of electricity and has attracted more than USD 1.1 billion in investments to build three new power plants.
“In addition to electricity produced by thermal, gas-fueled, combined cycle, and hydropower plants, nuclear electricity has been added to the country’s power export basket,” Mohammad Behzad said on Monday.
The deputy minister stated that Iran is currently implementing various contracts for exporting electricity to neighboring countries.
He added that exporting nuclear power becomes possible as the power generation capacity of Bushehr nuclear power plant increases.
Iran officially launched Bushehr nuclear power plant on September 12, 2011, which started by generating electricity at 40 percent of its capacity. The plant gained almost half of its nominal power on October 7, 2011, as it reached the capacity of 420 MW.
Behzad said Iran is currently exporting a combination of various forms of electricity to other countries, including Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Pakistan.
Referring to Iran’s negotiations for exporting electricity to India, he added that New Delhi has asked for about 6,000 megawatts (MW) of Iranian electricity.
The official said Iran’s power generation capacity increased about 4,000 MW last year to a total of 240 billion kilowatt hours.
Behzad said electricity exports to neighboring countries grew by about 30 percent last year to hit 8.5 billion kilowatt hours.
Iran had a total annual electricity generation capacity of 53,000 MW before 2009, which has now exceeded 60,000 MW as a result of the country’s plan to add 5,000 MW of capacity to the grid annually.
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