Iran, Iraq, Syria to connect power grids

Baku, Azerbaijan, July 2, 2012 — Iran, Iraq and Syria will connect their national power grids soon, Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Mohammad Behzad said.

Synchronizing the power grids of Iran, Iraq and Syria with that of Lebanon will make the biggest electricity network in the Muslim World, Behzad said.

Iran is currently exchanging electricity with Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Pakistan, Nakhichevan, Turkey and Turkmenistan.

Iran is prepared to export electricity to Lebanon and Syria and power transfer to these countries will officially start as the first week of July 2012.

Electricity export to Lebanon and Syria is taking place as part of an agreement reached between energy ministers of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon in February. Power transfer to Lebanon and Syria will be carried out in two phases, 50 MW in the first phase and 200 MW in the second phase.

In February 2012, Iran's Energy Minister Majid Namjou said Iran was planning to export electricity to Syria and Lebanon through Iraq's power grid.

According to government officials, Iran is capable of exporting 1,000 MW of power to Iraq. Syria had also demanded 500 MW of electricity from Iran.

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