Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.9 / Trend F.Milad /
From the beginning of current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2012), four thermal power plants have been inaugurated in Iran which boosted the country's electricity generation capacity by 1900 MW, Habib Hajizadeh, an official with the country's energy ministry, said on Wednesday.
The plants have come on stream in Kermanshah, Zanjan, Shahroud, and Semnan, the IRNA News agency quoted Hajipour as saying.
He went on to note that three other thermal power plants will come on stream by June. Iran's installed power generation capacity is currently about 67 gig watts (GW).
The Energy Ministry plans to increase electricity generation capacity by 5GW this calendar year which ends on March 20. By the end of the Fifth Five-Year Economic Development Plan (March 2016), Iran will boost its electricity generation capacity by 25GW to reach 73GW.
Iran exported 8.388 gig watt hours of electricity to neighbouring countries in the first nine months of the current Iranian calendar year which began March 20. 2012. The amount shows a 37 per cent increase in comparison to the same period in the previous year.
The managing director of Iran power generation transmission and distribution management company (TAVANIR), Homayoun Haeri, announced on December 15, 2012 that Iran currently trades 12.3 gig watt hours of electricity with neighbouring countries.
Iran plans to boost its electricity cooperation with the Persian Gulf region's countries, the IRNA News Agency quoted Homayoun Haeri as saying.
Haeri had said in January that Iran will exchange up to 15 billion kilowatt hours (BkWh) of electricity with its neighbouring countries by the end of the current calendar year (March 19, 2012), up 50 per cent year on year.
Iran seeks to become a major regional exporter of electricity and has attracted more than $1.1 billion in investments for the construction of three new power plants.