Iran Eyeing 11% Rise in Electricity Output by Summer

Based on the devised plans. 3.864 MW of new power plants will be connected to the country’s national electricity grid before the peak of the next summer. Director General of Iran’s Thermal Power Company Mohsen Tarztalab said on Sunday.

The announcement means that Iran could add some 34 TWh of electricity to its current production of above 300 TWh as authorities seek to both increase exports to neighboring countries and increase stability of the domestic network over hot summer months.

Tarztalab did not elaborate on the type of the power plants that are being constructed. However. his comments suggested that almost all of them would be gas-fired thermal units.

He said the share of gas burnt in thermal power plants across Iran had topped 90 percent until March 2019. an increase of nearly 10 percent compared to the similar period three years ago.

The official said plans were in place to turn many of the current gas-fired power plants to combined cycle systems (one gas turbine followed by a steam turbine in sequence) to reach a target of 40-percent efficiency in production.

Back in early February. Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian said that the power generation of the country has increased by 11.4 times since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

Ardakanian said that Iran has moved up 24 ranks in terms of generation of electricity in the past forty years.

According to statistics. Iran’s rank of power generation in the world promoted from 38 to 14 and presently. the Ministry of Energy is exchanging electricity with its neighbors.

He made the remarks on February 02 in a press briefing held at the venue of the Ministry of Energy where evaluated the performance of his ministry in the past forty years and added.

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