Jul 19 2012
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28 power plants on privatization list
Bahman Allah-Moradi also said close to 28 new power plants worth 140 trillion rials ($14 billion) will be privatized during the current Iranian year (to end March 2013), Fars News Agency wrote on Wednesday.
The official added that out of the 28 power plants, two pertain to Tehran --Montazer-e Qaem and Shahid Rajaee.
On ceding Parand power plant in southwest of Tehran, he said this power plant has been ceded to Mapna Turbine Engineering and Manufacturing Company at cost of 5 trillion rials ($500 million) .
He listed other power plants which are to be privatized as Abadan, Sanandaj, Chahbahar, Zagros, Soltanieh, Yazd, Soufian (in Tabriz), Hesa (in Isfahan), Kangan, Sahand, Kerman, Montazer-e Qaem, Fars, Loushan, Konarak (in Fars) , Jahrom, Manjil, Shirvan, Zarand, Bistoon, Qaen, Shahid Zanbaq (in Yazd), Shahid Kaveh, Toos (in Mashhad), Shahid Rajaee I and II, Shahid Mofatteh (in Hamedan), and Eslamabad (in Isfahan).
In June, managing director of Iran Renewable Energy Organization said agreements on the construction of 1,000-megawatt (MW) renewable energy power plants were signed with the private sector in the first year of the Fifth-Five Year Economic Development Plan (2010-15).
Yousef Armodeli said the Energy Ministry issued permission for the construction of 12,000 MW of renewable energy power plants by the private sector.
He said that efforts are underway by the government to develop new energies, noting that construction of power plants is expected to be ceded to the private sector.
The Binalood power plant (Razavi Khorasan province) and Manjil power plant (Gilan province) as well as two biomass power plants in Mashhad, Khorasan province and Shiraz, Fars province are among the projects which are currently underway by the government. The official said a 20-year agreement to guarantee purchase of electricity has been signed with the private sector.
"Henceforth, the private sector can sell one kilowatt hour of electricity to the government at 1300 rials ($0.105)," he said.
Armodeli added that supporting the producers will lead to the significant development of renewable energies in the country.
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