Mohsen Tarztalab said the first unit of the gas sector of Dalaho Combined-Cycle Power Plant in the western province of Kermanshah with a capacity of 310 MW will be connected to the national grid in the next few days, reported Tasnim News Agency.
The second unit of the gas sector will come on stream by February 2020 and the steam sector of the Dalaho power plant will be operational by May next year, the official said.
He added that with the completion of two other power projects in coming days, the country’s total capacity to produce electricity will increase by 350 MW.
In December, Iran’s nominal capacity to produce electricity reached over 80,000 MW following the connection of a number of power plants to the country’s national grid.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference in Tehran in February 2018, Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian highlighted the country’s self-sufficiency in the area of power generation and said the Islamic Republic is the top producer of electricity in the Middle East.
About 90 percent of power generation equipment, even complicated parts like turbines and generators, are currently manufactured inside the country, the energy minister said at the time.
He added that Iran’s capabilities in the area of power generation have developed over the past four decades so much that the country has become the top producer of electricity in the region.
“At present, we have energy exchanges with all the countries that share land borders with us,” he said.