Iran’s installed power plant capacity has increased from 7,000 megawatts (MW) to 85,000 MW during the years following the victory of 1979 Islamic Revolution, indicating a 12-fold growth, said the energy minister on Monday.
During winter, electricity supply faces some problems due to cold temperatures, Reza Ardakanian said adding natural gas constitutes 80 percent of the fuel consumed at Iranian power plants, IRNA reported.
Following the US, Russia and Japan, Iran is the fourth country in the world that uses gas for electricity generation in its power plants, he added.
He noted that the 265th wastewater treatment plant of the country was inaugurated on Sunday.
On the situation of the country’s water reserves, the minister said in the previous Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 19, 2020, 27 billion cubic meters of water had been stored in dams across Iran, adding this comes as this year, the figure stands at 26.5 billion cubic meters.
Ardakanian noted that that all measures will be taken to prevent water shortages in summer.
On Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated a series of new energy projects as the country’s total capacity for electricity generation in non-renewable sector exceeds 85 gigawatts (GW), according to Press TV.
Rouhani used a videoconference session on Sunday to open the projects in two Iranian provinces.
His website said total investment for the 13 projects amounted to 48 trillion rials (nearly $200 million).
The projects included two electricity stations in North Khorasan Province in northeastern Iran and several water and electricity projects in the western province of Kordestan.
The inaugurations were part of a weekly drive by Iran’s Energy Ministry to complete major infrastructure projects across the country. The campaign began at the start of the current calendar year in late March and is set to finish a total of 250 projects with an investment of 500 trillion rials (nearly $2.1 billion).
Among the projects launched on Sunday was a steam unit at the combined-cycle power plant in the city of Shirvan. The new unit will generate 160 megawatts per hour of electricity, bringing Iran’s total power output capacity in the non-renewable sector to over 85,000 megawatts (85 GW).
Iran was forced to impose brief blackouts in major cities earlier this month amid a cold spell in the country which caused an unprecedented surge in demand for natural gas and forced periodic closures at gas-fired power plants.
Actual electricity output in the country reached over 40 GW at peak hours this month, according to the Energy Ministry figures.
During the Sunday inauguration ceremony, Rouhani said power generation capacity in Iran had increased by a record average of 2.5 GW per year since he came to office in 2013.