Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:26PM
Iran has exported 1,347 gigawatts per hour of electricity to neighboring countries in the past five months.

Iran has exported 1,347 gigawatts per hour of electricity to neighboring countries in the past five months.

Iran's electricity exports to neighboring countries have increased over 46 percent since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 20, 2012) compared to a year before. According to a report published by Iran's Energy Ministry on Tuesday, the country has exported a total of 5,290 gigawatts per hour (GW/h) of electricity to the neighboring countries, up by 45.72 percent compared to the previous Iranian calendar year (ended March 19, 2012). During the corresponding period last year, Iran exported 3,630 GW/h of electricity to its neighbors. The report noted that the implementation of the Subsidy Reform Plan by Iran has contributed to the reduction of domestic power consumption, paving the way for more electricity exports to the neighboring countries. On Saturday, April 28, Iran’s deputy energy minister for electricity and energy affairs said the country is moving toward self-sufficiency in the power industry by promoting the domestic manufacture of necessary equipment in the field. Mohammad Behzad said that 100 percent of power distribution equipment, 99 percent of the equipment needed for power transmission, and more than 90 percent of power plant equipment are currently being designed, manufactured and installed in the country. The Islamic Republic, which seeks to become a major regional exporter of electricity, has attracted more than USD 1.1 billion in investment to build three new power plants. Iran is currently exporting electricity to Armenia, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Nakhichevan, Iraq and Afghanistan. TNP/SS
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