Iran electricity consumption rises by 500 megawatt

Oil&Gas Materials 28 February 2014 19:11 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 28

By Rahim Zamanov - Trend:

Iran's electricity consumption peak reached 31,068 megawatt hours on Feb 27, Iran's IRIB News Agency reported on Feb. 28.

The electricity peak on the mentioned day was 500 megawatt hours more than the same day in the previous year.

The stored electricity of Iran's power plants also hit 7,212 megawatt hours on the mentioned day.

The country's industries consumed some 3,428 megawatt hours of electricity on Feb. 27.

Managing Director of West Region Power Company Abdolaziz Karimi said on Jan. 25 that Iran's electricity consumption will reach 51,000 megawatt hours in the next Iranian calendar year (to start March 21), Iran's IRNA News Agency reported on Jan. 26.

"The figure is expected to reach 54,500 megawatt hours in the Iranian calendar year of 1394 (to start on March 21, 2015)," he said.

Karimi went on to note that Iran's electricity consumption currently stands at 46,000 megawatt hours.

"It is while the figure was around 43,000 megawatt hours in the previous year," Karimi said, adding that the rising consumption trend in the country is alarming.

The managing director of Tehran Regional Electric Company, Seyed Zaman Hosseini, said on Dec. 11 that the electricity consumption peak of Iran's capital, Tehran, is expected to reach 9,000 megawatt hours in the next Iranian calendar year (to start on March 21, 2014), the ISNA News Agency reported.

"The figure is 6.5 per cent more than the current year," Hosseini said.

"After the implementation of the subsidy reform plan in the Iranian calendar year of 1389 (2010), the capital's electricity consumption fell by 1.5 per cent in the year 1390. However, the figure rose by 2.5 percent and 7 percent, respectively, in the calendar year of 1391 and 1392 (current year)," he explained.

The country's power generation capacity is currently over 70 gigawatts.

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.

Edited by C.N.