Two gas power units add 650 MW to Iran’s power generation capacity
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 8 / Trend F.Mehdi/
Two gas power units with a total generation capacity of 650 megawatts (MW) were inaugurated today in the Semnan and Shahroud cities in the northeast of Iran, the Mehr News Agency reported.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attended the inauguration ceremonies.
Around 2.5 trillion rials (about $203 million) and 2.2 trillion rials (about $164 million) have been invested to establish the Semnan and the Shahroud units, respectively.
About 90 per cent of the equipment that has been used in the facilities has been manufactured by Iranian companies.
In December 2012, Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Mohammad Behzad said Iran is the world's fourteenth leading electricity producer citing the latest statistics released by the International Energy Agency.
Iran has risen two places since 2010, when it was sixteenth in the world in electricity generation, Behzad added.
And Iran ranks first in the Middle East in electricity generation, he noted.
At present, Iran's power generation capacity stands at 67 gig watts, and is projected to hit 70GW by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2013).
Sixteen new power stations with a total capacity of 2.6GW, have come on stream in the current Iranian calendar year.