8 May, 2002 – Iran has halted the export of electricity to Turkey, Managing Director of Azarbaijan province’s Regional Power Company Mirfattah Qarabagh told the IRNA news agency in an interview Tuesday.

Power deliveries ceased at the end of February which Qarabagh said was as a result of ” commercial reasons”.

He said Iran exported 280m kWh of energy to Turkey in the year 2001 and expressed the hope that the exports would resume under a new agreement that would be inked by both sides.

Qarabagh revealed that presently, operations are underway at the cost of rls 42bn to install 45 km of lines for transfer of power from northeastern Iranian city of Khoy (East Azarbaijan province) to Bashkala in Turkey. He said once the project comes on stream, export of Turkmenistan’s power to Turkey would be possible.

Azarbaijan province’s Regional Power Company exported 484m kWh of energy to Azerbaijan and imported 446m kWh of energy from that country. Furthermore, the company exported 322m kWh to Armenia from Ahar (East Azarbaijan province) and imported 350m kWh of energy from the republic.