Iranian electricity production on the rise
Exports of electricity also rose 6.12% since 2009
Iran’s power generating capacity went up to 60,000 megawatts after the second gas unit at its Semnan Combined Cycle Power Plant in northern Iran came online on Saturday, Iran Daily has reported.
The second gas unit of the Semnan Power Plant is said to have an output rating of 162 megawatts. The power plant includes two gas units and one steam unit and it has a nominal capacity of 484 megawatts. The steam unit of this power plant, with a capacity of 160 megawatts, will go on stream in the near future, according to the Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA).
To date about US$93 million have been invested for constructing the two gas units of the power plant.
Figures According to Iran's Ministry of Energy, the country's power exports topped 4,918 MWH between March 21 and December 28 last year, a 6.12% rise in comparison with the same period in 2009.
The Islamic Republic currently transfers electricity to and from Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Pakistan, the Republic of Nakhjavan, Turkey and Turkmenistan.
Iran's exchange of electricity transmission with the countries reached 1,341 megawatts in late December. The figures showed that Iran imports 237 megawatts from Armenia, its highest source of electricity imports. Iran’s biggest single export market is Iraq totalling 650 megawatts.
The total of Iran's electricity exports to Afghanistan, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Pakistan and Turkey reached 878 megawatts and the total of imports from Armenia and Turkmenistan was recorded at 463 megawatts.
According to Iran Daily, the Iranian Energy Ministry in December said that Jordan, India, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Syria, and the UAE are the new countries that have expressed interest in acquiring electricity from the Islamic Republic.
Iran is said to be seeking to become a major regional exporter of electricity and has reportedly attracted more than $1.1 billion in investments to build three new power plants.