Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Iran Faces No Technical, Equipment Problems in Exporting Electricity To Iraq

Mehr News Agency English: "Iran Faces No Technical, Equipment Problems in Exporting Electricity To Iraq: Official
TEHRAN July 6 (MNA) -? We are not facing any technical or equipment problems in exporting electricity to Iraq, said here Tuesday, deputy Energy Minister Mohammad Ahmadian.
Ahmadian said, ?It depends on the Iraqi side to keep its pledge to buy electricity from Iran, we are not having any problem regarding technology or equipment.?

He explained that to connect Iran?s electric power to Iraq?s electricity grid, four points have been identified. However, so far agreement has only been reached on one of the points located in the west of Iran, he added.

Referring to Iran?s potential to relay 10 Megawatts per hour of electricity to Iraq, Ahmadian further explained that 100 mega watts of electricity would be exported to the country by the end of this summer.

The deputy energy minister asserted that in order to transfer electricity to Iraq, the power transmission lines should pass from the Iranian western border city of Islamabad to Khanaqin in Iraq.

Iraq's current power production capacity is 3,200 megawatts compared with the 4,000 megawatts before the start of the war in March 2003. The war- shattered country demands a five-billion-dollar investment over five years to meet its needs.
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