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"One dam a month" for Iran: Minister

Country's energy minister says dams will come on stream every month

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Dams to come on stream every month in Iran, the energy minister says. (Getty Images)
Dams to come on stream every month in Iran, the energy minister says. (Getty Images)

Iran’s energy minister Majid Namjou has announced that a dam will go on stream every month in the current Iranian year, as the nation looks to secure a reliable electricity supply for its residents.

“Commissioning 24 water and wastewater treatment centres is among the other plans of the Ministry of Energy,” said Namjou, adding: “this year our priority is also to generate more electricity and implement water supply projects.

Speaking at the inauguration of a combined-cycle power plant and a new dam, the minister revealed that the nation’s goals for the year were to increase power generation by 5,000 megawatts, upgrade power plant efficiency by 1.5 per cent, lower energy dissipation and make optimum use of recoverable power plants up to a capacity of 1,000 megawatts.

Two units of the Chabahar combined cycle power plant were officially linked to the country’s national power grid, as part of a $200m spend on the Iran’s power infrastructure. The power plant is planned to be fully operational – with six units and a generating capacity of 900 megawatts – by the end of the current government’s tenure.
 

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