Supplying gas to Iran's power plants ups 13%
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct 5
By Dalga Khatinoglu - Trend:
Supplying liquid fuels to Iran's power plants decreased significantly during the first seven months of the current fiscal year.
According to Iran's Energy Ministry's latest weekly report, during 220 days of Iran's fiscal year, which started on March 21, the country increased gas supply to power plants by 12.8 percent to about 35.124 billion cubic meters (bcm) and decreased fuel oil and gasoline consumption by 27.7 percent to 3.316 billion liters and 45.6 percent to 2.119 billion liters respectively.
Iran is to increase natural gas delivery to power plants to 57 bcm in current year, 7 bcm more than last year. Iran needs 70 bcm/a of gas delivery to thermal power plants to stop burning liquid fuels in this sector completely.
The country increased power production capacity by 2.871 GW last year, of which 2.242 GW was produced by thermal power plants. These power plants share 82 percent of Iran's total 73.744 GW power-generation capacity. The statistics indicate that new installed thermal electricity stations carried out about 80 percent of total power generation growth in the last year. Therefore, it seems the country would boost this kind of power plants in future and needs more gas delivery to this sector.
During the current year, power production capacity increased by 592 MW, including 105 MW thermal power plants, while 1.7 GW additional production capacity would come operational this year, of which 1.45 GW are thermal power plants.
Iran also should optimize the efficiency of thermal power plants, which stand at 37 percent on average. Iran needs about $700 million to $850 million to increase power plants efficiency by 1 percent, according to Iranian officials.
During 200 days, Iran consumed 164.5 billion kWh of electricity, imported 2.152 billion kWh (+18%) and exported 5.408 billion kWh (-6%) of electricity energy.
Edited by CN