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Deputy Oil Minister and Managing Director of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) Hamidreza Araqi announced the country's plans to export electricity to Georgia.

"Armenia generates electricity with the gas exported from Iran and delivers it back to the NIGC and we might sell a part of this power supply to Georgia," Araqi said on Sunday.

He said that negotiations on selling the electricity generated in Armenia to Georgia have been underway, and a relevant contract would be signed soon.

"We have decided to sell nearly 10% of the power that we receive from Armenia to Georgia," Araqi underlined.

In relevant remarks in April, Deputy Executive Director of Iran Power Generation, Distribution and Transmission Company Davoud Manzour stressed the need for paving the ground for exporting the country's electricity to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

"Given the fact that the neighboring countries, specially Afghanistan and Pakistan, need electricity, necessary measures should be adopted to link Iran's power grid to them," Manzour said.

He noted that at present Iran is exporting 1,400MW of electricity to Iraq, adding that the country is expected to turn into a regional hub in power generation and supply.

Also, in January, Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Alireza Daemi said that Iran is mulling plans to boost power exchanges with the regional states, specially neighbors.

The energy ministry is planning to increase its electric power exchanges with regional countries, including Russia, Tajikistan and the Persian Gulf littoral states, Daemi said.

Iran is in pursuit of creating an electric power transmission network in the region, he added.

The Iranian energy ministry, based on its vision plan, is working toward turning the country into a strategic electric power hub, Daemi said.

"The current power grid network and the exchanges of electric power enable Iran to be connected to Georgia via Armenia's power grid and to Slovenia and Europe via Turkey," the deputy energy minister said.


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