Iran electricity output up 4 percent

Business Materials 2 August 2013 13:16 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug.2 / Trend R.Zamanov

Iran produced 98,805.8 gigawatt hours of electricity from the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21) so far.

The figure shows 3.84 percent increase compared to the same period of time in the previous year, the IRNA News Agency reported.

Thermal power plants output accounted for 92,451.3 gigawatt hours of the mentioned figure, which is 2.88 percent more than in the previous year.

Iran's hydroelectric plants also produced 6,354.5 gigawatt hours of electricity in the mentioned period, which is 20.19 percent more than previous year.

Deputy Energy Minister Mohammad Behzad said in July that Iran has constructed power plants twice as many as the average number of power plants which have been constructed in the world during the past decade, according to Mehr.

The power generation capacity in Iran has grown by 7 percent annually during the past 10 years, he said, adding that the figure has averaged 3.5 percent in the world.

The country's power generation capacity is currently 68.38 gigawatts, he added.

Iran currently trades power with Turkey, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq.

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.