Iran to commission over 20 power plants running on gas

Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.20

By Elnur Baghishov, Leman Zeynalova – Trend:

Private sector accounts for 60 percent of Iran’s electricity generation, which shows the significance of this sector in the country, said Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian.

Private sector is one of the effective spheres in Iran and the government has set as a priority to expand the participation of this sector in the country’s economy, IRNA quoted Ardakanian as saying.

The minister announced that 25 power plants running on gas will be put into operation in summer of 2019. Those power plants will add 5,223 megawatts to the country’s electricity output, he said.

Moreover, Ardakanian noted that construction of power plants running on renewables is also among the ministry’s priorities and serious steps are being taken to this end.

Electric power industry in Iran has become self-sufficient in producing the required equipment to build power plants. While most of the electricity generators are run by the government, the equipment producers and contractors are generally from the private sector.

Iran is among the top ten manufacturers of gas turbines with a capacity up to 160 megawatts.

Iran engineers at JEMCO (a subsidiary of IDRO) have succeeded to develop and produce one and four-megawatt generators. Iran can manufacture materials for over 80 percent of hydraulic turbines and over 90 percent of gas turbines.

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