According to Mohsen Tarztalab, a total of 21 major thermal industry projects valued at about $9.5 billion were planned to go operational in the current year of which 14 have been inaugurated, IRNA reported.
Tarztalab added that the 14 projects with a total investment of about $5.9 billion were put into operation to add 1,300 megawatts (MW) to the country’s power generation capacity.
The country’s thermal power plants have generated over 233,000 gigawatt-hour of electricity since the beginning of the current Iranian year (March 20) up to December 5, said the official.
Currently, a total of 478 thermal power plants are operating across Iran which include both gas-fired power plants and combined-cycle power plants.
Iran’s total power generation capacity stands at about 85,000 MW, more than 90 percent of which is supplied by thermal power plants.
Over two-thirds of Iran’s thermal power plants are owned and operated by the private sector and are currently generating nearly 67 percent of the country’s thermal power.