The gas burning unit of a combined cycle power plant with a generation capacity of 484 megawatts was inaugurated on Saturday in the Iranian city of Yazd.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attended the inauguration ceremony in the city in central Iran, ISNA reported.
The project was completed at a cost of about €247 million and 600 billion rials (about $49 million).
On February 10, the Fars News Agency quoted Deputy Energy Minister Mohammad Behzad as saying the value of Iran’s electricity exports is projected to exceed $1 billion by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20).
He added that since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year, Iran has exported over 9.2 gigawatt-hours of electricity to neighboring countries.
The figure shows a 33% increase in comparison to the same period in the previous year, he noted.
The managing director of the Iran Power Generation Transmission and Distribution Management Company (TAVANIR), Homayoun Haeri, announced on December 15, 2012 that Iran’s imports and exports of electricity from and to neighboring countries currently amount to 12.3 gigawatt-hours.
The Iranian Energy Ministry plans to increase the country’s electricity generation capacity by 5GW this calendar year, which ends on March 20, 2013.
Iranian Energy Minister Majid Namjou has said that by the end of the Fifth Five-Year Economic Development Plan (March 2015), Iran will have boosted its electricity generation capacity by 25GW to reach the target of 73GW.
Source: Tehran Times