Iran to launch new power plants with 800MW of output
Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar.30
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iran will launch new power plants with a total electricity generation capacity of 800 megawatts.
Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Houshang Falahatian said the power plants will come on stream before summer, Iran's IRIB reported on March 30.
The energy ministry plans to increase efficiency of power plants and reduce power losses, he added.
Special attention will be paid to the expansion of renewable energy power plants and distributed generation power plants, he noted.
Falahatian said in January that Iran would face 2,000 megawatts of electricity deficit this summer.
He added that the country's electricity generation capacity will be increased by 1500MW before summer, adding however, 2000MW of electricity deficit should be dealt with through encouraging people to save energy during peak hours.
Iran's Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian has said that Iran will boost its electricity generation capacity to 100,000 megawatts in the next five years.
Some of the old and worn-out power plants will be scrapped and the efficiency of other power plants will be improved, he added.
Iran's total electricity generation currently stands at 70,000 megawatts.
Power generation capacity in Iran has grown by 7 percent annually during the past 10 years. Iran is currently the biggest electricity producer in the Middle East.
Edited by CN