Aug 08 2012
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130 dams under construction
The official added that feasibility studies are being conducted on the construction of 170 new dams, Mehr News Agency reported on Tuesday.
He said Iran, which is now 95 percent self-sufficient in the field of implementing water projects, has managed to cope with the sanctions imposed on the country since the beginning of the victory of Islamic Revolution.
Mahsoli said that Iranian experts and engineers enjoy significant capabilities in the field of designing, building and maintaining water facilities.
Some 270 out of 900 projects which have been approved by the government to be implemented under "Mehr-e Mandegar" plan pertain to Energy Ministry.
Meanwhile, deputy energy minister for electricity, Mohammd Behzad, said that Iran's electricity industry is 98 self-sufficient in the field of power generation, transmission and distribution.
He said no spare part will be purchased from the foreign countries for the power plants.
The official also said that 100 percent of activities related to power transmission and distribution are being conduced by Iranian contractors and manufacturers.
"The share of domestically made products in the total equipment used in the electricity sector increased by 3 percent since the begging of current Iranian year and this helped save $100 million," Behzad said.
He went on to say that the quality of electricity equipment manufactured by domestic companies is higher than foreign products.
Head of the Energy Commission of Tehran's Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines Mohammad Parsa said earlier in July that Iran's electricity production capacity will increase by 5,000 megawatts (MW) annually.
He said in order to achieve the objectives, some $10 billion should be invested in the industry, IRNA reported.
The official added that providing adequate energy and power resources is a prerequisite for realizing the target set for the economic growth of the country.
He pointed out that the government should pave the way for the private sector to contribute to the activities related to power generation and transmission.
Parsa said some 100 MW to 150 MW of electricity production capacity of Iran is being generated from renewable energies, adding an additional 500 MW capacity is being installed.
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