News ID: 237295
Published: 0407 GMT January 13, 2019

Iran further increasing power capacity

Iran further increasing power capacity

The steam unit of a combined cycle power plant in Iran’s central city of Kashan was launched by First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri on Sunday, in a bid to further increase the electricity capacity of the region.

Construction operation of steam unit of the Kashan Combined Cycle Power Plant started in 2015, reported Tasnim News Agency.

Kashan Combined Cycle Power Plant was equipped with two gas units with the total capacity of 324 megawatts. By commissioning steam unit of the power plant, its production capacity will hit 484 MW, showing a 49.3-percent growth.

Launch of steam unit to the power generation network will help reduce environmental pollution and also increase output and efficiency of the power plant.

Iran is currently supplying Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan with electricity, CEO of Tavanir Company Mohammad Hassan Motevallizadeh said on January 4, adding that the country is poised to double the volume of its power export to neighboring countries.

The official said that the bulk of electricity that Iran is currently exporting to other countries is too little compared to the generated volume, adding that the country presently has the potential to double the bulk of its exports.

Motevallizadeh said that Iran is currently exporting over 1,000 MW electricity to neighboring countries, noting that the major importer of Iran’s electricity is Iraq followed by Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He maintained that only a very small amount of generated electricity is being exported, adding that Iran can increase the bulk of its electricity exports if neighboring countries would like to place an order for more imports.

According to reports, it is predicted that Iran’s export of electricity will hit $33 billion by 2025.

On December 31, Pakistan’s Minister for Power Omar Ayub Khan, in a meeting with Tehran’s Ambassador to Islamabad Mehdi Honardoust, underlined his country's willingness to import more electricity from Iran.

Ayub Khan said that Pakistan is ready to hold negotiations on the renewal of the agreement on 100MW electricity import to its border province of Baluchistan.

The two sides stressed the need to continue joint efforts in the power sector on both power generation and transmission.

Honardoust, for his part, noted that Iranian companies and contractors are ready to take part in the neighboring country’s power sector.

Last year, Iran expressed readiness to provide up to 3,000 MW electricity to Pakistan.

However, according to Ayub Khan, there is a problem on Pakistan side because importing such quantity of electricity requires a robust transmission system, which requires a lot of investment.

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