Iran will increase energy exports to Pakistan: Report

Published: November 21, 2011

Iran’s Energy Minister Majid Namjou says by next 3 years electricity exports to Pakistan increase by 1,000 megawatts. PHOTO: AFP

Senior energy officials in Iran pledged to triple the country’s supply to Pakistan to help meet its energy needs in the coming winter season, Iranian media reported on Sunday.

Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Mohammad Behzad said, “electricity exports to Pakistan will increase step by step.” He said this while highlighting the recent proposal sent by Pakistan’s government to increase power import from Iran.

Iran’s Energy Minister Majid Namjou said that by the next three years, the country will increase the electricity exports to Pakistan by 1,000 megawatts and that Iran was working on a new power grid in order to deliver electricity to Pakistan.

Amid Pakistan’s crippling energy crisis, the Pakistani government has announced curtailment of gas to industries for two months in the winter in order to keep homes heated.

Iran currently exports about 100 megawatts of electricity to Pakistan, an official said.

Iran also showed interest to export surplus electricity to all neighbouring countries including Pakistan.

Behzad announced that Iran’s power grid will soon be connected to those of Southern Persian Gulf littoral states.

The Iranian deputy energy minister also said that Iran’s power exports are expected to reach a mark of $1billion in the current Iranian year which started on March 21.

Iran’s electricity network is connected into the power grids of seven neighboring countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Nov 21, 2011 - 5:28PM

    Iran is great country. really we have to go on same path instead of we just follow USA. We have to stand up on our own foots and take full action for taliban.

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  • G. Din
    Nov 21, 2011 - 6:40PM

    Now, that is a grand neighourly act. I hope, we can build on that!

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  • guest-worker
    Nov 22, 2011 - 12:32AM

    Thanks, we sure need that stuff.

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  • Tamil Arasan
    Nov 22, 2011 - 12:14PM

    Well I don’t understand the above Pakistanis comment…there is another news – where Pakistan planned to buy 500 MW power from India and in that post we can see all negative comments from Pakistanis saying we have to generate power in Pakistan and not to buy from India, but hear they are praising Iran!!!…For @G.Din it’s a grand neighborly act!!! – where us if India sells then it’s RAW or Jews plan to keep Pakistan away from developing it’s own power generation…come-on guys get out of your religious bigot mind set and think progressive, power from Iran or India will give you same shock when you touch it, it’s not that Iran power will give you soothing feeling when you touch it because of Islamic country, oppose both or accept both in same way…
    By the way I believe if Pakistan can make it’s nuclear bomb – it won’t take much time for you to develop electricity from Nuclear reactors…

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  • komal
    Nov 22, 2011 - 5:41PM

    we need energy as the country is in a serious crisis.its true we welcome electricity import from iran more than we do it from india.reason is simple there is a general mistrust for india.where the situation is not the same for iran.and u cant blame pk for this lack of trust…the historical pattern of pks relations with india does nt allow us to trust india so easily….iran is a muslim country has never had such a fractured relationship with pk….but i see things will change both countries ll bury the hatchet and should and will evolve as good trading partners…import of electricity should benefit pakistan be it from india or iran.

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  • Nov 22, 2011 - 10:16PM

    True friend …true friend.. only a Muslim or Chinese can be our friends…

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  • Sam
    Nov 23, 2011 - 1:40AM

    we are buying this energy from Iran..Iran is not doing welfare for us in this export deal.

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  • MarkH
    Nov 23, 2011 - 5:40AM

    @Ghulam-e-Mola Ali:
    Your victim-of-the-US obsession blinds you. The US and Israel are not the only countries that support much of the anti-Iran actions. This is why you can’t make any progress. Even if given a choice, you’ll always choose the ones that alienates the majority of the world for the sake of your conspiracy theories and excuses.

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  • Ejaz Butt
    Nov 25, 2011 - 5:47PM

    @MarkH:
    Conspiracy theories or not but you are definitely living in a cukooland denying the obvious crimes comitted by USA and Israel against the humanity. Are Mark Curtis, Noam Chomisky and other people with conscious all conspirists?? There must be something wrong with the US and Israeli policies that these both countries are hated all over the globe. The hike against Iran has been created by media outlets and I am afraid you are victim of rumers and conspircies spread by the gutter press.Recommend

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