Iran plans to retrofit power plants to avoid blackouts – official
Tehran, Iran, Oct. 8
Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Homayoun Haeri said the country plans to implement a project to retrofit 23 power plants.
“The goal behind the project is to avoid any potential blackouts next summer,” Haeri added.
Speaking to ISNA on October 8, he said the project will get underway after permits are issued and that 27 new power plants will come online soon.
The project needs an investment of 10,000 billion tomans in order to be completed, Haeri said.
Iran's installed power generation capacity is around 77,000 megawatts, over 62,000 MW of which comes from thermal power plants that burn fossil fuels along with hydropower plants (12,000 MW), Bushehr nuclear plant (1,000 MW) in south Iran, distributed generation stations (1,500 MW) and renewables (less than 500 MW).
The government aims to bring online 5,000 MW of new power output capacity annually through 2022, the end of Iran's Sixth Five-Year Economic Development Plan.