Energy minister stresses using nuclear-generated electricity
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Ahwaz, Khuzestan prov, Aug 9, IRNA
Energy minister Habibollah Bitaraf said here Monday that links to transfer Bushehr nuclear powerplant's-generated electricity to the nation-wide grid has started.
"Hopefully we will be using electricity from nuclear sources in the future."
Speaking at inauguration of a dam in the Khuzestan province Bitaraf said that there is a likelihood of electricity shortages in the summer in the country due to problems related to facilities.
On the transfer of electricity from Khorramshahr to the Iraqi port of Basra, he added that during the trip by the Iraqi prime minister to Iran it was decided that the electricity needed by Basra will be provided from Khorramshahr.
To carry out the project, preliminary discussion between the two energy ministers have taken place and the final go ahead is to be announced by the Iraqi side.
He said that the Fourth Five-Year Development Plan (March 2005-2010) envisions plans for adding 3,600 megawatts of energy to the powerplant capacity to meet the household, industry and agriculture needs.
Also, he added that in the current Iranian year (started March 21) the electricity capacity will be increased to 4,200 megawatts.
"So far 20,000 megawatts have been added to the network and the rest will enter the electricity network in the coming months." He further said that Iran's electricity sector faces investments and cash shortages following the ratification of limits on prices rise on nine items, including several government-provided services, which has limited sector's income.
"To compensate for the financial shortages the government has submitted a bill to Majlis," he said.
Iran is now self-sufficient in implementing dam plans, and busy implementing several water and electricity projects in different countries around the world.
Different projects in the fields of dam construction and hydro-electric plants are being implemented in Tajikistan, Mali and Zimbabwe by Iranian companies.
A number of Iranian companies, too, are involved in electricity transfer line projects and power distribution networks in other countries.
In July, Iraqi Minister of Electricity Abd al-Muhsin Shalash said Iran has supplied Iraq with its electricity needs based on a mutual agreement and within the frameworks of the country's donation to the Iraqi nation.
Talking to reporters prior to his departure from Jordanian airport, Shalash said that Iraq has settled its electricity problem through Iranian donation.
Iran has allocated one billion dollars to the reconstruction of Iraqi infrastructural projects, he said, adding the major portion of the fund will be spent on electricity industry.
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