Iran’s Electricity Exchange Capacity with Neighbors to Increase to 5,000MW

Iran’s Electricity Exchange Capacity with Neighbors to Increase to 5,000MW

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The chief executive of Iran’s Power Generation, Distribution and Transmission Company (known as TAVANIR) said the country’s capacity for electricity exchange with neighboring countries will increase to 5,000 megawatts.

Iran does not have a common border with Europe but it is possible to exchange electricity with Europe up to 600 megawatts through an advanced back-to-back substation, Mostafa Rajabi Mashhadi stated.

He revealed the possibility of exporting Iran’s electricity to Europe through Turkey in cooperation with the private sector companies active in regional electricity markets.  

In this respect, an agreement has been inked between Iran’s TAVANIR and the Turkish side, based on which Iran will export electricity to Turkey and then export it to the European countries through Turkey, he stated.

With the studies conducted in this regard, there is the possibility of exchanging electricity with neighboring states up to 3,000 megawatts, expandable up to 5,000 megawatts through the launch of the new electricity transmission lines in the future, he added.

The TAVANIR chief said the electricity exchange with neighboring states could help reduce the electricity imbalance in the warm season of the year.

He also said the ground has been set for the export of up to 300 megawatts of electricity generated by the private sector through the available electricity transmission lines (50 megawatts to Afghanistan, 50 megawatts to Pakistan, 100 megawatts to Iraq and 100 megawatts to Turkey). 

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