Iran’s electricity generation on verge of 100,000 gigawatt hours
Baku, Azerbaijan, July 25
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iran's thermal, hydroelectric, and nuclear power plants have generated nearly 100,000 gigawatt hours of electricity in the current year, the Mehr news agency reported on July 25.
The country's electricity generation has increased by 7 percent in the current year.
The current Iranian year started on March 21.
Thermal power plants accounted for 88,543 gigawatt hours of the total electricity generated so far.
Power generation capacity in Iran has grown by seven percent annually during the past 10 years. The figure has averaged 3.5 percent in the world.
Iran currently is the biggest electricity producer in the Middle East.
Iran's total electricity generation currently stands at 70,000 megawatt hours.
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.
Electricity consumption rate in Iran is sharply increasing in summer.
Iran's Fars News Agency reported on July 15 that the figure is now near the country's total generation capacity.
If the oil ministry fails to provide enough gas to the power plants, then numerous blackouts would be expected across the country in summer.
According to SHANA News Agency, some 2.02 billion liters of liquid fuel (diesel oil and mazut) was consumed in Iran in the first two weeks of summer (145 million liters per day). The figure was around 1.044 million liters (some 150 million liters per day) in the last week of spring.
According to the oil ministry, Iran's power plants averagely consumed 77 million liters of liquid fuel in the previous year.
Iran has 75 power plants with the liquid gas reserves enough for 45 days. The power plants have the capacity to receive over 200 million cubic meters of gas per day, but due to gas shortage the country meets around 40 percent of the power plants' needs with liquid fuel.