Brief review of Iran’s power sector performance

Baku, Azerbaijan, March 19‎

By Gazenfer Hamidov – Trend:‎

Iran's power plants generated over 305.937 TWh (terawatt hours) of electricity since the beginning of the current Iranian fiscal year ‎‎(March 21, 2017) until March 16.

Iran’s electricity export reached ‎8.053 TWh‎ from the beginning of the current fiscal year to March 16, registering a rise by 24 percent year-on-year, according to the latest weekly report released by Iran's energy ministry.

Meanwhile, Iran imported 3.896 TWh of electricity during the period, registering an 11-percent fall compared to the same period of the preceding year.

Iran’s thermal power plants produced 290.768 TWh of electricity in total during the reporting period, while 15.169 TWh ‎of the country's total electricity accounted for hydroelectric power plants.

The nominal electric generation capacity of the country has increased by 1,993 megawatts (MW) to 78,421 MW since the beginning of the current Iranian fiscal year.

Gas power plants (27,532 MW) share 35.11 percent of the generation capacity. Meanwhile the shares of combined-cycle (20,270 MW) and steam power plants (15,829 MW) account for 25.85 and 20.18 percent, respectively.

Nominal electric generation capacities of hydroelectric plants (11,881 MW) and Bushehr nuclear power plant (1020 MW) are equal to 15.15 and 1.3 percent of electric generation capacity, while the share of renewables stands at only 0.41 percent or 322 MW.

The country is expected to add 1,051 MW to its electric generation capacity by March 2018 - of that 632 MW will fall on renewables.

Iran plans to increase its nominal electric generation capacity to 80,000 MW by summer 2018, and to 100,000 by 2025, 1,000 MW of which should be produced from solar energy.‎

Households consumed 34 percent of Iran’s generated power (74.41 TWh) during the first 10 months of the current fiscal year (March 20, 2017-Jan. 20), while the industry sector and agriculture sectors’ consumption from the country’s electricity generation stood at 31.7 and 15.6 percent, respectively.

Street lighting and commercial consumption accounted for 1.7 and 7.4 percent of the overall consumed electricity in the period.

The length of Medium-Voltage Lines of Iran’s distribution network is 422,000 kilometers, while the length of Low-Voltage Lines stands at 360,000 kilometers.

Number of the country’s transformers is 680,000 with overall capacity of 117,861 megavolt-amperes.

The country increased gas delivery to its power plants by 13 percent to 62.98 billion cubic meters from March 20, 2017 to Feb. 30., while the diesel supply to this sector decreased by 17 percent to 4.58 billion liters in the mentioned period.

The Iranian power plants also consumed 3.60 billion liters of fuel oil in the period to Feb. 30, 13.9 percent less year-on-year.

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