Iran to export electricity to Pakistan

6 August 2002 – Iran has agreed on export of its electricity to Pakistan at affordable rates for electrification of Balochistan rural and urban areas adjacent to Iran, sources told the Asia Pulse news agency Saturday.

Initially, Iranian imported power would be mostly used in Balochistan border districts of Chagai, Kharan, Panjgur and Kech. These far-flung districts of Balochistan are beyond reach of Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) national grid network. As such these areas would be benefited by imported power from Iran.

Sources added that Iranian government has initiated work on power supply project for Pakistan, for Zahidan side. The high-tension transmission line will be initially extended from Zahidan (Iran) to Taftan (Pak-Iran border town).

Later the same transmission line will be extended to Naukundi and Dalbandin, Chagai, district. Similar transmission line will be strung from Iranian side to the border areas of Kharan, Panjgur and Kech. According to these sources transmission lines inside Pakistan territory of Balochistan will be strung by Pakistani concerns. Grid stations will also be set up ensuring free flow of power from Iran to Pakistan for Balochistan belt electrification.

Pakistan will be simply purchasing power from Iran through these transmission lines, sources concluded.

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