Turkey, Iran agree to build 10,000-MW hydro project

Turkey and Iran agreed to a series of energy agreements August 19, including the joint construction of a 10,000-MW hydroelectric project, officials said.

Turkish Energy Minister Hilmi Guler went to Iran over the weekend where a memorandum of understanding was signed, including the hydroelectric project, three natural gas power plants totaling 6,000 MW, and an agreement for Turkey to import between 3 billion and 6 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity annually from Iran.

Details regarding the production and import of the electricity are still to be worked out, Guler said.

“There are technical teams that are still meeting regarding the construction of these (transmission) lines … But the lines are seen being completed within one year,” he said.

The deal includes plans for Turkey’s private sector to construct a 10,000-MW hydroelectric project, Guler said.

However, details of specific projects and locations were not immediately released, and some reports indicated more than one hydroelectric plant might be built. Officials did say the hydro and gas-fired plants are expected to total 16,000 MW.

Iran recently has been active internationally, pledging to help build hydroelectric projects in Belarus (HNN 8/8/07) and Nicaragua. (HNN 8/7/07) For its part, Turkey agreed in April to build a hydroelectric project with Syria on their joint border. (HNN 4/5/07)

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