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Iran begins 70mw power supply

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After enhancing the capacity of the existing transmission line, Iran has increased power supply up to 70 MW to Pakistan from February 26, which is being supplied to the Makran Division in Balochistan. A spokesman for the Ministry of Water and Power said that the enhancement in power supply from Iran has made the coastal division of the Balochistan totally load shedding free areas. The import of 70 MW will help meet requirements for the next five years electricity demand of the division. Earlier, Pakistan was getting only 35 MW from Iran. All the power, coming from Iran is being supplied to the Makran division include Gwadar port, Gwadar district, Turbat, Panjgur, Mand and other areas of the division. The overall demand of the Makran division is 55 MW in summer and 40 MW in winter season. Previously there was load shedding of 10 to 12 hours in all the areas of the division to keep intact the system. All the areas now are load shedding free in the Division. He said that two separate projects of importing 1000 MW and 100 MW from Iran were at the final stage of negotiations and construction of transmission lines would be started immediately after the finalisation of tariff. Meanwhile in a statement Minister for Water and Power Syed Naveed Qamar has said that the government was taking all steps to facilitate the people of Balochistan and special efforts were made to upgrade the transmission network within shortest possible time. He said that industrial, commercial and domestic consumers of the area will get benefit from this power and there will be also economic development there.

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