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Minister: Iran to Continue Power Supplies to Iraq

Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian announced that his country will continue exports of electricity to Iraq by renewing earlier contract.

“Iran has signed a 3-year-long cooperation agreement with Iraq to help the country’s power industry in different aspects. The documents states at its end that we will export electricity to Iraq as far as they need,” Ardakanian told FNA on Monday.

The contract to “export Iran’s electricity” to Iraq will be extended, he added.

Ardakanian also said that Iran and Iraq’s power grids have become synchronized since a month ago.

In 2004 Iran started selling electricity to Iraq. Iran electricity exports to the western neighbor are at its highest level of 1,361 megawatts per day now.

The new Amarah-Karkheh 400-KV transmission line stretching over 73 kilometers, is now synchronized to provide electricity to both countries. It also paves the way for increasing export to power-hungry Iraq in the near future.

With synchronization of the two grids, the quality of electricity in Iraq will improve. 

According to official data, 82% of Iraq’s electricity is generated by thermal power plants that use gas as feedstock. This is expected to reach 84% by 2027.

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