0631 GMT August 24, 2019
To guarantee sustainable energy supply during peak consumption hours, Iran will add 1,000 megawatts to its power grid by March 2020, said an official of the Organization for Management of Electric Power Generation and Transmission (Tavanir).
Speaking to IRNA on Tuesday, Gholamreza Mehrdad, the director general of Tavanir’s support and production supervision office, said the country’s older power plants are still operational to guarantee sustainable electricity supply.
A major part of Iranian power plants’ equipment have been overhauled and repaired, he said, adding efforts are underway to completely implement the overhaul plan by May 22.
Mehrdad noted that once the new power plants become operational, Iran’s electricity generation capacity will increase and “we will face no problem in guaranteeing sustainable electricity supply.”
He put the demand of the country’s electricity grid at 57,300 megawatts in the year to March 2019.
“In case of witnessing a five percent growth in the year to Mach 2020, the country’s electricity demand will increase more than 60,000 megawatts in the same period. Heavy rainfall in parts of the country in March has helped raise hydroelectric power plants’ electricity generation. This has removed worries about electricity supply in coming months.”
He said, Tavanir will soon overhaul and repair equipment at all of the country’s power plants with electricity generation capacities of above 80,000 megawatts and will continue with such projects.
Mehrdad noted that most of the equipment and spare parts needed by the country’s power industry can be produced domestically.
He added equipment whose manufacture requires advanced technologies, such as turbine blades, are at present produced domestically.
“Currently, Iran is capable of manufacturing over 80 percent of its power industry equipment domestically.”
Describing Iran as a big consumer of electricity, he said annually, the country’s electricity consumption grows up to eight percent which means that domestic power production should increase between 4,000 megawatts and 5,000 megawatts per annum to meet the demand.