Tuesday, June 26, 2012 -
Iran’s Minister of Energy said the Islamic Republic is in talks with Tajikistan on the possibility of delivering Central Asian electricity supplies to Europe.
The project calls for construction of a new 500-kilovolt power transmission line linking power plants in mountainous Tajikistan with Iran’s power grid via Afghanistan, said the minister Majid Namjou.
The transmission line would provide electrical power to Turkey as well as to Europe, the Asia-Plus news agency reported.
Namjou also announced that the Iranian Ministry of Energy plans to close a deal with its counterparts in Afghanistan and Tajikistan to construct the power line linking their nations.
“A common power line among three countries will be built after a final agreement is reached by Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan,” the news agency cited Namjou as saying Monday.
The energy minister reckoned that Tajikistan can provide Iran with as much as 500 kilovolts of electrical power.
Noting the opportunity of acting as a transit country, Namjou said, “by importing inexpensive electricity from some neighboring countries, it is possible to transit electrical power to countries demanding it,” according to the Tajik-based independent news agency.