0511 GMT May 26, 2022
About 1,000-megawatt power plant units have been connected to the country’s power grid since the Iranian month of Shahrivar (started on August 23), said a senior official from a parent specialized power company.
Head of the Thermal Power Plants Holding Company Mohsen Tarztalab said these power units include the gas unit of Hengam and Iran LNG power plants, and steam unit of Jahrom, Harris and Urmia power plants, IRNA reported.
The capacity of Iran’s thermal power plants has reached 70,000 megawatts, he added.
According to the plans, about 1,000 megawatts will be added to the power generation capacity of the country’s power plants, Tarztalab said, explaining that to ensure a stable supply of electricity by the next summer’s peak consumption period, a total of 31 units with a capacity of 4,750 megawatts will be transferred to the electricity grid.
Currently, the number of projects has progressed 71 percent, the head of the parent company said.
According to Minister of Energy Ali Akbar Mehrabian, the ministry is following a comprehensive program for adding 30,000 megawatts to the country’s power generation over the next four years.
Mehrabian said that according to the plan, 10,000 megawatts of this capacity will be provided by new thermal power plants and conversion of simple cycle units into the combined cycle units, 10,000 megawatts will be provided by industrial investment in the power generation sector and 10,000 megawatts will be provided by renewable power plants.
Back in November, speaking at a meeting with the members of the Parliament’s Energy Committee, the minister said that the construction of 10,000 megawatts capacity of power plants has also been started by various industrial sectors, saying, “Four major industries have started their work in the field of power plant construction. Based on the contract concluded with these industries, the said industries will not be provided with electricity from the national grid if they cannot deliver the power plants based on the specified schedule.”