Iran’s liquid fuel supply to power plants registers huge rise
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 5
During the current fiscal year (March 20 to May 25) Iran has delivered 11,865 million cubic meters of natural gas to power plants, 4 percent more year-on-year, while the diesel supply to this sector hiked by 310 percent to 636 million liters.
The Iranian power plants also consumed 317 million liters of fuel oil in the period, 135 percent more year-on-year, according to a report released by the country’s energy ministry.
Iran's power plants generated over 52,652 GWh (gigawatt hours) of electricity since the beginning of the current Iranian fiscal year (March 20) until May 25.
According to the ministry report, the country’s thermal power plants produced 52,217 GWh of electricity in total during the reporting period, while 1,435 GWh of the country's total electricity accounted for hydroelectric and wind power plants.
Iran’s electricity export reached 1,300 GWh from the beginning of the current fiscal year to May 25, registering a fall by 15 percent year-on-year, meanwhile, the country imported 681 GWh of electricity during the period, registering a 19-percent fall compared to the same period of the preceding year.
Households consumed 33 percent of Iran’s generated power (84,682 GWh) during the last fiscal year (ended March 20), while the industry sector and agriculture sectors’ consumption from the country’s electricity generation stood at 32.8 and 15.4 percent, respectively.
Street lighting and commercial consumption accounted for 1.8 and 7.4 percent of the overall consumed electricity in the period.
Iran plans to add 5,824 megawatts (MW) to its electric generation capacity by the end of the current fiscal year (March 2019).
The combined-cycle power plants will have the highest share from the added capacity, followed by gas power plants. Over 960 MW of the added capacity during the current fiscal year will fall on renewable energy.
Since the beginning of the current year (March 20, 2018) the country’s power generation capacity has increased by 242 MW to 78,726 MW, according to the ministry’s report.
Gas power plants (24,636 MW) share 31.3 percent of the generation capacity. Meanwhile the shares of combined-cycle (23,326 MW) and steam power plants (15,829 MW) account for 29.6 and 20.1 percent, respectively.
Nominal electric generation capacities of hydroelectric plants (11,881 MW) and Bushehr nuclear power plant (1020 MW) are equal to 15.1 and 1.3 percent of electric generation capacity, while the share of renewables stands at only 0.46 percent or 364 MW.
Iran plans to increase its nominal electric generation capacity to 100,000 MW by 2025, 1,000 MW of which should be produced from solar energy.
The length of Medium-Voltage Lines of Iran’s distribution network is 424,000 kilometers, while the length of Low-Voltage Lines stands at 362,000 kilometers.
Number of the country’s transformers is 686,000 with overall capacity of 118,830 megavolt-amperes.