Speaking to reporters, he said that the link took place in accordance with an agreement on exchange of energy and its transmission to Turkey, signed by Iran and Turkmenistan.
"In the first phase of the project, the 132 kilo volt Sarakhs grid in Iran and the 230 kilo volt Sarakhs grid in Turkmenistan were connected via substations to boost the capacity of energy exchanged between the two countries up to 100 mega watts.
He said that the current phase which was put into operation on Sunday in the presence of a number of Iranian and Turkmen officials has cost 16 billion rials.
"The second phase will link 400 kv power transmission lines in the provincial capital Mashhad and Turkmen city of Marv," he added.
Vahdati said that this phase aims to facilitate transmission of up to 400 MWs and is predicted to be completed by 2006.
Putting the predicted expenses of the second phase at 200 billion rials, he said that it will also facilitate transmission of power to Turkey via Iran.
"Given that in contrast to Iran, power consumption in Turkmenistan is higher in winter, we can transmit the excess power to the country in winter and vice versa," he added.
He said that the project is quite economical and once it is implemented, there will be no need for additional investment in power generation projects.
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