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President to inaugurate thermal power plant in northwestern Iran

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President to inaugurate thermal power plant in northwestern Iran
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will inaugurate a gas-fired thermal power plant with a 310-MW capacity on Thursday in the town of Heris in the northwestern province of East Azarbaijan.
<p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: rmyriadpro; font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Amir Doudabinejad, the deputy head of Thermal Power Plants Holding Company (TPPHC), told Fars News Agency on Tuesday that 67 percent of thermal power plants in Iran are owned and operated by private sector companies.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: rmyriadpro; font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">The capacity of the private power plants is two times 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.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: rmyriadpro; font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">“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.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: rmyriadpro; font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Doudabinejad gave reassurance that the steam cycle of the station would go on stream before next summer’s high-consumption season.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: rmyriadpro; font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">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.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: rmyriadpro; font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">Ardakanian said that Iran had moved up 24 ranks in terms of generation of electricity in the past forty years.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: rmyriadpro; font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">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.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: rmyriadpro; font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">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.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: rmyriadpro; font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">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.”</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: rmyriadpro; font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">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.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: rmyriadpro; font-size: 16px; text-align: justify;">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.</p>
Jul 31, 2019 10:12
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