Iran’s Bushehr nuclear plant registers electricity production record

Oil&Gas Materials 2 July 2013 11:28 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, July 2/ Trend R.Zamanov

Bushehr nuclear plant has registered a new output record of 1,024 megawatt hours of electricity, deputy energy minister Mohammad Behzad said on Tuesday.

"The country's nominal production has surpassed 47,000 megawatt hours," the Mehr News Agency quoted Mohammad Behzad as saying.

"Iran's electricity production capacity is over 70,000 megawatt hours," he said.

The Tasnim News Agency reported on July 1 that Iran's electricity consumption peak was averagely 39.493 megawatt hours during the week up to June 28.

The figure shows a 3.5 per cent increase compared to the same period of previous year.

Iran's electricity consumption peak on June 22 was 40,944 megawatt hours, which is 18.63 per cent more than the same day of previous year.

Managing director of Great Tehran Electrical Distribution Company, Seyyed Mohammad Hashemi, said on June 9 that there will be no planned power outage in Tehran during summer.

Deputy Energy Minister Mohammad Behzad also said on June 8 that Iran has stored some 4,000 megawatt hours of electricity to compensate for the consumption peak in summer.

Iran's peak of consumption in summer hits around 46,200 megawatt hours, he explained.

"By using energy-efficient lamps, Iran has managed to save 400 megawatt hours of electricity each day," he added.

Behzad said last month 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.

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

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.