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New gas power units in NE will add 650MW to Iran's power grid


07 January 2013

TEHRAN - Two gas power units, with a total generation capacity of 650 megawatts, will be inaugurated today at the Semnan and Shahroud power plants in the northeast of Iran.  President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is scheduled to attend the inauguration ceremonies, which will be held in the two cities in Semnan Province, according to the Mehr News Agency. 

Nearly 4.7 trillion rials (about $383 million) has been invested to establish the units. About 90 percent of the building materials and the equipment that will be used in the facilities have been manufactured by Iranian companies. In December 2012, Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Mohammad Behzad said Iran is the world's 14th leading electricity producer, citing the latest statistics released by the International Energy Agency. Iran has risen two places since 2010, when it was 16th in the world in electricity generation, Behzad added.   

And Iran ranks first in the Middle East in electricity generation, he noted. At present, Iran's power generation capacity stands at 67 gigawatts, and it is projected to hit 70GW by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2013). Sixteen new power stations, with a total capacity of 2.6GW, have come on stream in the current Iranian calendar year. 

Currently, Iran provides electricity to Turkey, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Iran also plans to connect its national power grid to the power grids of Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Lebanon, and India in the future.

© Tehran Times 2013

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