Iran starts electricity exports to Iraq
Provincial council says line will help avoid power shortages
Iraqi news agency Aswat al-Iraq has reported that a new Iranian electricity supply line has started operations, carrying 100 MW of imported electricity from Iran. The new line is aimed at meeting the 550 MW of power demanded by Wasit province, in the centre of Iraq. The province currently only receives less than 150 MW from Iraq’s national grid, and consequently suffers from regular electricity blackouts.
Iran has been involved in a number of recent electricity export deals, with the country reported last month to have agreed to export 50 MW of power to Lebanon to help the country meet summer power demands. The country’s ministry of electricity and energy, in late 2011, said that Iran’s energy exports would exceed US $1 billion by March of this year.