TURKMENISTAN TO BOOST ELECTRICITY EXPORTS TO TURKEY THROUGH IRAN
ASHGABAT, (Reuters) - Turkmenistan, which has refused to join an integrated electric energy system of the CIS states, will increase electricity exports to Turkey two times, a representative of the Ministry of power engineering of Turkmenistan said.
Turkmenistan's first supplies to Turkey through Iran (that has also begun buying Turkmen electricity since recently) started late in 2003, and it is going to double to 600 mln kWh from previous 300 mln kWh this year.
The ministry's representative has also said that Iran and Turkey were ready to ensure a transit of Turkmen electricity to Europe in future.
Turkmenistan's state corporation Kuwwat (Energy) is supplying electricity from a power station in the city of Nebit Dag in the west of the country to the Iranian city of Ali Abad and further through the electricity transmitting lines (ETL) to the city of Khoy in Iran that has already been connected to the Turkish Diyarbakyr by a new ETL.
Turkey pays $0,0345 for 1 kWh on the Iranian-Turkish border. This price includes transit fees to Iran too.
The existing transport infrastructure of Turkmenistan is also capable of exporting electricity to the states of Central Asia and border provinces of Afghanistan.
Electric energy is becoming an important source of Turkmenistan's exports along with traditional natural gas and cotton. The country's power stations can produce 17 bln of kWh per year, while its domestic consumption stands at 10 bln kWh.
Turkmenistan plans to increase power generation to 15 bln kWh by 2005 and to 25,5 bln by 2010.
Earlier in February president of Turkmenistan Saparmurat Niyazov turned down an offer of the head of the Russian Unified Power Systems, president of the Energy Council of the CIS, Anatiliy Chubais, that Turkmenistan return to the collateral work of the CIS energy systems interrupted in June 2003.