Iran starts converting Sabalan gas power plant to combined cycle plant
Tehran, Iran, Aug. 22
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
Iran has started the operation to convert the Sabalan gas power plant to a combined cycle plant.
Once the project is complete some 462 megawatt would be added to the country's total electricity generation capacity.
Once the country converts all its gas power plants to combined cycle plants, annually some $22 billion would be saved, Iran's Mehr News Agency reported on Aug. 22 citing official sources.
The Managing Director of Iran Power Generation Transmission & Distribution Management Company (TAVANIR) Homayoun Haeri said that some 65 billion liters of liquid fuel have been consumed in the country's power plants so far this year.
"Some 62 billion liters of liquid gas worth $62 billion have been consumed in Iran last calendar year," he added.
Iran plans to convert all the gas power plants to combined cycle plants.
Iran's Deputy Energy Minister Houshang Falahatian said on May 10 that by doing so, the productivity of the plants will increase to 48 percent from the current figure of 32 percent, Iran's IRIB News Agency reported.
The country's total electricity generation capacity has surpassed 71,000 megawatts.
The country's electricity consumption peak is expected to reach 50,000 megawatt in summer.
The power generation capacity in Iran has grown by 7 percent annually during the past 10 years.
Tehran 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.
Based on the Fifth Five-Year Economic Development Plan, Iran should annually add 5,000 MW to its power generation capacity.
Iran plans to boost its electricity generation capacity to reach 73GW, by the end of the Fifth Five-Year Economic Development Plan (March 2016).