Iran to build 17 large hydroelectric power plants
Tehran, Iran, July 31
Currently, 17 large hydroelectric power plants (HPP) with a capacity of 3,725 MW, which will generate an average of 7,883 GWh annually, are under construction in the country, Trend reports citing official website of Ministry of Energy.
Favorable rainfall has led to 12,000 GWh in hydroelectric power production, which is 415 percent increase in first quarter of the current Iranian year (started on March 21, 2019) in comparison with same period last year.
Given that about 86 percent of the capacity of the country's hydroelectric power is produced by HPP operating in the basins of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, 152-percent increase in rainfall over the past year led to compensation of 4,000-megawatt power shortage in last summer.
There are 54 hydroelectric power plants with a total capacity of over 12,000 MW and an average annual output of about 27,000 GWh operating in Iran.
A study on the possibility for construction of 217 hydroelectric power plants with a total capacity of 14,686 MW and an average annual power generation capacity of over 34,000 GWh is currently underway in the country.