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Iran's electricity imports outstrips exports

Tehran, May 9, IRNA-Managing Director of Power Production, Transmission and Distribution Company (TAVANIR) said in Tehran on Sunday that Iran's electricity import from neighbouring countries is 500,000 kw/h more than its exports, `Iran Daily' wrote Monday.

The daily quoted Mohammad Ahmadian as saying that Iran imports 1.2 million kw/h of electricity per year but exports 700,000 kw/h.

"Iran sells electricity to Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan", he said, adding that the country is also engaged in seasonal power swaps with Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The official said that more than 300 megawatts of electricity is traded between Iran and Turkmenistan.

"Half of the cost of imported electricity is covered by export of electrical equipment and related engineering and technical services to that country." Ahmadian added that Iran's electricity production is expected to increase by 3,000 megawatts in the current Iranian year (started March 21, 2005).

"Once new projects become operational, the capacity to produce electricity will rise significantly." He said electricity consumption reached a peak of 29,000 megawatts last summer (June 21-September 22).

Iran exports 950,000 kw/h of electricity to Armenia and Azerbaijan annually, he said, adding that the country imports 1.5 million kw/h of electricity annually from other sources.

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