News ID: 256743
Published: 0259 GMT August 02, 2019

President Rouhani inaugurates energy projects in East Azarbaijan

President Rouhani inaugurates energy projects in East Azarbaijan

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated the Tabriz Refinery development projects as well as a gas-fired thermal power plant on his Thursday visit to the northwestern province of East Azarbaijan.

Tabriz Refinery development projects are in the field of producing various types of oil including lubricating oils, Euro 5 diesel and improving petrol quality, Shana reported.

The opening of new projects in Tabriz Refinery indicates that the country is progressing, the president said.

He stated that the engineers and personnel of the oil industry have led the country to self-sufficiency in this area.

“The quality of production and saving the environment are the government’s main priorities,” Rouhani said.

On Thursday, Rouhani inaugurated a gas-fired thermal power plant, with a 310-MW capacity, in the town of Heris in the northwestern province of East Azarbaijan.

Amir Doudabinejad, the deputy head of Thermal Power Plants Holding Company (TPPHC), said that 67 percent of thermal power plants in Iran were owned and operated by private sector companies.

The capacity of private power plants is twice that of the state-run power plants, Doudabinejad highlighted.

He added that currently the government is constructing power stations with a total capacity of 6,000 MW, while the private sector is working on 13,000 MW of new stations.

“For now, the Heris Power Plant will have a 40-percent efficiency with its gas-fired cycle,” he said, adding that the power plant would have another 180 MW of capacity in its combined-cycle and a 58-percent overall efficiency with the steam-cycle operationalized.

Doudabinejad gave reassurance that the steam cycle of the station would go on stream before next summer’s high-consumption season.

In early February, Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian said that the country’s power generation had increased 11.4 times since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

Ardakanian said that Iran had 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 has been promoted from 38 to 14 and, presently, the Ministry of Energy is exchanging electricity with its neighbors.

He made the remarks on February 2, in a press briefing held at the venue of the Ministry of Energy, where he evaluated the performance of his ministry in the past forty years.

He said, “With coordination made in this regard, a contract will be inked between Iran and Iraq for exporting electricity from Iran to this neighboring country in a three-year plan.”

This level of cooperation will include the construction of a power plant, modernization of power plants, and the reduction of power grid losses in Iraq, he maintained.

He drew a comparison between the performance of the Ministry of Energy before and after the Islamic Revolution, saying, “The power capacity has risen from 7,000 MW electricity in the early years of the Islamic Revolution to 80,000 MW now, showing an 11.4-fold rise.”


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