Iran’s media said on Saturday that the country will soon start exports of electricity to the United Arab Emirates.
Homayoun Haeri, the managing director of Iran Power Generation and Transmission Company (TAVANIR), has emphasized that Iran’s power grid will be connected to the UAE in the near future.
“This will be carried out through a subsea power line,” Haeri has been quoted as saying by the Persian-language Forsat-e Emrooz newspaper.
He added that this is the result of the latest round of electricity export talks between Iran and the UAE.
Iran’s current electricity production capacity stands at above 73,000 megawatts, Haeri has said, adding that this has turned the country into the electricity export hub of the Middle East.
The official further said Iran is currently exporting its electricity to Iraq, Armenia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The UAE has been facing rising consumption of electricity over the past few years with official figures showing that demand is increasing by about 9 percent per year. The country has now designed plans to diversify its power generation capacity that envisage a mix of solutions that range from natural gas to solar and nuclear power.