Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug.28/ Trend F.Milad/
Iran's power electricity generation capacity has been increased by four gig watts (GW) since the beginning of the current Iranian year (March 20) compared to the same period last year, the deputy energy minister said on Tuesday.
The national power generation capacity currently stands at 65.2 GW, Mohammad Behzad told the Mehr News Agency.
Iran will roll out 12 new power projects by the end of the sixth calendar month of Shahrivar (September 21), which will boost the national electricity generation capacity by around 2000 megawatts (MW).
Behzad noted that over 17.4 trillion rials (some $1.4 billion) has been invested in the projects.
The Energy Ministry plans to increase the electricity generation capacity by five gig watts (GW) this calendar year, which began on March 20, Behzad said on April 3.
He added that over 10 gig watts (GW) should be added to the generation capacity of hydroelectric and thermal power plants by August 2013.
By the end of the Fifth Five-Year Economic Development Plan (March 2016), Iran will boost its electricity generation capacity by 25GW to reach 73GW, Energy Minister Majid Namjou said on February 7.
Iran currently trades power with Turkey, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
Iran is the top electricity producer in the Middle East, an official with Iran Power Development Company said on July 9.
Mahmoud Dashtbozorg told the IRNA News Agency that the country is the 15th largest electricity producer in the world.