Iran inaugurates testing centre for 25MW turbines
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct.28/ Trend F.Karimov/
The first testing centre (test bench) for 25MW turbines in Iran was inaugurated today, IRIB reported.
The centre has the capacity to test all the domestically-made 25MW turbines. All the design and development processes have been carried out by Iranian engineers.
In August 2012, the Iranian Energy Ministry said the country has attained 98 per cent self-sufficiency in manufacturing power industry equipment.
The report added that Iran is currently in 15th place in terms of electricity generation capacity.
The power generation capacity in Iran has increased by seven per cent annually during the past 10 years. It averages 3.5 per cent in the world.
Iran currently trades power with Turkey, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. In an effort to diversify its destination markets, Iran plans to export electricity to Europe and Africa.
Tehran seeks to become a major regional exporter of electricity and has attracted more than $1.1 billion in investments for the construction of three new power plants.
Based on the Fifth Five-Year Economic Development Plan, Iran should annually add 5000 MW to its power generation capacity.
Iran plans to boost its electricity generation capacity to reach 73GW by the end of the Fifth Five-Year Economic Development Plan (March 2016).