Iran’s thermal power generation up 70% in decade

Oil&Gas Materials 16 September 2014 08:17 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept.16

By Fatih Karimov - Trend:

The output of Iran's thermal power plants has increased by 70 percent from 2002 to 2012.

The country's thermal power plants generated 239.8 terawatt hours in 2012 compared to 133.7 terawatt hours in 2002, Iran's Shana news agency reported on September 14.

The efficiency of the thermal power plants has been improved by 0.4 percent, reaching 37.2 percent in 2012.

Majid Salehi, managing director of Iran's Power Industry Development Organization, said on August 1 that Iran has put 12 new thermal power plants into operation since September last year.

Six thermal power plants have been established by the private sector, the Fars news agency reported.

"The 12 power plants have a total power generation capacity of 1934 megawatts," he added.

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 is currently the biggest electricity producer in the Middle East.