Managing director of Iran Power Generation and Transmission Company (TAVANIR) says the country ranks first in the Middle East in terms of electricity generation. “Average per capita electricity generation in Asia is 190 watts (W), and Iran’s electricity industry ranks 14th in the world and first in the Middle East by having an installed power generation capacity of 67,806 megawatts (MW),” Homayoun Hayeri said on Saturday. He added that Iran is the largest exporter and importer of electricity in the Middle East and is exchanging power with all the countries in the region.
Hayeri further noted that Iran’s power exports and imports are set to increase to 15 billion MW by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2013).The Iranian official also pointed out that 99 percent of the equipment required for power generation, transfer and distribution is domestically designed and produced. Iran is currently exchanging electricity with Armenia, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Nakhchivan, Iraq and Afghanistan. Energy Minister Majid Namjou said on January 16 that the country’s electricity exports to neighboring countries have increased by about 34 percent since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 20, 2012). He added that by the end of the Fifth Economic Development Plan (2011- 2015), Iran will boost its electricity generation capacity by 25 gigawatts to reach 73 gigawatts. TNP/SS