Iran power generation to rise by 2,000 MW by March
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.22/ Trend F.Milad /
Iran will inaugurate some new power plants by the end of current Iranian calendar year (March 20) in order to boost its power generation capacity by 2,000 MW, deputy energy minister Mohammad Behzad said, ISNA News Agency reported.
So far, some 3,000 MW have been added to the nation's power generation capacity from the beginning of the current calendar year.
Based on the Fifth Five-Year Economic Development Plan, Iran should annually add 5,000 MW to its power generation capacity.
Iran's installed power generation capacity is currently about 67 gigawatts (GW).
Iran plans to boost its electricity generation capacity to reach 73GW, by the end of the Fifth Five-Year Economic Development Plan (March 2016).
Iran exported 8.388 gigawatt hours of electricity to neighboring countries in the first nine months of current Iranian calendar year, which began March 20.
The amount shows 37 percent increase in comparison to the same period previous year, the IRIB News Agency reported.
Iran currently trades power with Turkey, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Nakhchivan and Iraq.
The managing director of Iran power generation transmission and distribution management company (TAVANIR), Homayoun Haeri, announced on December 15 that Iran currently trades 12.3 gigawatt hours of electricity with neighboring 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 neighboring countries by the end of the current calendar year (March 19, 2012), up 50 percent 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.