Iran’s power generation hits 60,000 MW

Mar 17, 2011 12:00 AM

Iran’s capacity of electricity generation has increased to 60,000 MW by the inauguration of a new gas unit in Semnan’s combined cycle power plant in northern part of the country.
“The second gas unit of Semnan power plant with an output of 162 MW of electricity was connected to Iran’s national electricity grid on Saturday,” ISNA reported. The steam unit of the plant, with a capacity of 160 MW of electricity, will go on stream in the near future, the report added. So far, over $160 mm have been invested for constructing the two gas units in the power plant, which generates 484 MW of electricity.

Iran’s Energy Ministry announced that the country’s power exports topped 4,918 MW between March 21 and December 28 of 2010, which indicates a 6 % rise compared with the corresponding period of 2009. Iran had a total annual electricity generation capacity of 53,000 MW before 2009, and plans to add 5,000 MW of capacity to the grid annually. It currently has electricity exchange with Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Pakistan, the Republic of Nakhjavan, Turkey and Turkmenistan.

In December 2010, the Iranian Energy Ministry announced that the country’s electricity exports to neighbouring states climbed by more than 6 % while its imports soared up by over 40 %. Iran’s exchange of electricity transmission with the countries reached 1,341 MW in late December. The top exporter was Armenia with 237 MW, and the top importer of Iranian electricity was Iraq with 650 MW.
Iran, which seeks to become a major regional exporter of electricity, has attracted more than $1.1 bn in investments to build 3 new power plants.

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