Pakistan and Iran to sign 3,000 MW power supply deal
Pakistan and Iran are all set to sign an agreement for the supply of 3,000 Megawatt of electricity to meet the increasing energy demand of Pakistan. The deal is expected to take place during the Iranian President Hasan Rouhani's visit to Islamabad.
"Three power import deals are expected to be linked by the two countries including supply of 100 MW, 75 MW and 1,000 MW," a diplomatic source stated while talking to the media. Currently, 73 MW of electricity is being imported by Pakistan from the neighbouring Iran for Gawadar area. However payments for the import of electricity have not been made to Iran since 2011.
The two countries are expected to discuss all areas of mutual interest and bilateral assistance in the field of energy, trade, business and defence. At the same time, Minister of Water and Power Khwaja Asif expressed that Pakistan was looking forward to the visit of Iranian president with great significance in the view that it would lead to further deepening of bilateral ties.
With regard to the increasing energy demand in the country, Minister of State for Water and Power Chaudhry Abid Sher Ali has stated that Tarbela 4th and 5th extension power projects will add 2820 Mega Watt (MW) low cost hydel electricity to the national grid system.