Ashkhabad, Dec 15, IRNA - Two electricity transmission lines to Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan will be set up by March 20, which marks the end of the current Iranian year of 1386, based on a policy to expand links with neighboring states.
An official in charge of power transmission projects at Iran's Power Development Organization, Khalil Laleh said Saturday that the projects for power transfer include setting up power transfer lines, telecommunications networking, optic fiber installation and expansion of high voltage posts.
Laleh said that his organization is now implementing 14 projects for power transfer by establishing 1,641 kms of power transmission lines, 10,000 kms of optic fiber lines and 23 high voltage posts.
He said that since the start of the year on March 20, his organization has successfully implemented the Masjid Suleyman-Ahvaz 2 power transfer project by extending lines along 112 kms and also the Abadan-Shalamcheh line along 31 kms to link up with Iraq power network.
He predicted that by the end of the year, two power transfer lines, i.e. the 210-km Mashhad-Sarakhs line for connection with Turkmenistan power network and the 160-km Ardebil-Azerbaijan Republic line for connection with the Republic's power network, will be implemented.
Elaborating on his organization's plans for the next two years, he said about 450 kms of power transfer lines will be operational by the end of next year (March 20, 2009) and more than 480 kms by end of the Iranian calendar year of 1388 (March 21, 2009-March 20, 2010).
Elsewhere in his remarks, Laleh said that under an agreement, two projects, including setting up power posts in the holy cities of Karbala and Najaf in Iraq and reconstruction of power systems in the two holy shrines of Iraq, are in stage of implementation by Iran's Power Development Organization.
He said rls 1,800 billion has been stipulated for the projects this year and rls 2,300 billion next year.
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