Turkmenistan to double electricity sales to Iran

Sep 19, 2002 02:00 AM

The energy producers of the western Balkan Region are performing well in the regular shipment of electricity via the Turkmenistan-Iran power transmitting line. Over 17 mm kWh of electricity has been sent to the neighbouring country since 20 August of this year when a new power line was put into operation.
Most of the electricity flow comes to a 270 km power transmitting line from a thermal power station in the town of Turkmenbasy and also from the Balkan energy station situated near the town of Balkanabat (both in western Turkmenistan). The latter has the capacity to produce an average of 50,000 kW electricity per hour.

The electricity, worth some $ 650,000, will be sold to Iran by our country's Ministry of Power Generation and Industry under an agreement reached between Turkmenistan and Iran.
At the initial stage the neighbouring country will get some 50 MW electricity per hour and in the future up to 100 MW of electricity will be sent via the Turkmenistan-Iran power line. This will serve strengthen the economy of our independent and permanently neutral state.

Source: BBC Monitoring Central Asia
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