Iran seeks grid connection with UAE
Energy Minister: Iran to become regional electricity hup
Iran has connected its electricity grid to seven neighbouring countries and also plans to link up with the UAE’s grid, the Iranian energy minister said on Sunday.
Iran, the nineteenth biggest producer of electricity in the world, has connected its national power grid to seven neighbouring countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, Iran’s Energy Minister Majid Namjou told the Iranian Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Sunday.
Demand for Iranian electricity has increased and Iran reported that earlier this year it supplied power to Russia, India, Qatar, the UAE, Jordan, Syria and Oman.
Namjou said Iran plans to develop into a regional hub for electricity and confirmed that it plans to connect its national grid to the UAE’s grid via a sub-sea cable. It also plans to connect to Russia via Azerbaijan.
"Iran exchanges electricity with most of its neighbors and many of them are interested in increasing their electricity exchange with Iran" Namjou told the Mehr news agency.
The Republic has attracted more than US$1.1bn in investment for three new power plants. "Germany has invested $445m in construction of the Pareh-Sar combined cycle power plant, while the UAE has invested $720m in construction of the Esfahan gas power plant and the Fars combined cycle power plant," Namjou is quoted as saying in reports by the Press TV Iranian news agency and the Iran Daily newspaper.