Islamabad intends to buy more electricity from Iran: Envoy

ISLAMABAD, Dec 5 (APP): Pakistan Ambassador to Tehran Asif
Durrani said that a delegation from Islamabad is to visit Iran to
consider more cooperation in electricity and proposed buying more
electricity from Iran.

In a meeting with Managing Director of Iran Power and Water
Industries Equipment and Services Export Company (Sunir) Bahman
Salehi, Durrani said Gwadar region in Pakistan needs more
electricity, IRNA reported.

Durrani said in case of Sunir desire for direct investment,
there are potentials to cede projects in the sector of energy
without international tender to the company.

Visit of President Hassan Rouhani to Pakistan in past April
and his agreement with Pakistani President to increase electricity
export to 3000 megawatts, Salehi said.

He said that Sunir has capability to increase electricity
export capacities to 5000 megawatts.

Salehi underlined that cooperation agreement to execute
project to transfer electricity into Gwadar region, Pakistan, was
signed before West imposed sanctions against Iran, but it has not
yet been implemented.

Deputy Head of Tehran Chamber Energy Commission Hamid-Reza
Salehi also said Sunir has permission from Iran Power Generation
and Transmission Company (Tavanir) to transfer 400 megawatts
electricity to Pakistan and is ready to build the trasmission

Pakistan has also authorized two banks to build connection
with Sunir, but there is no indication for implementation of the
project, Salehi added.

Already, Pakistan Minister of Water and Power Khawaja
Muhammad Asif had told IRNA that Iran is the best choice for
Pakistan to import electricity, gas and oil.

During its past 22 years of activity Sunir has commissioned
more than 230 projects in different countries and now has 18
projects in 13 countries under implementation.