Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Houshang Falahatian said the country’s nominal capacity to produce electricity would increase by 3,000 megawatts (MW) by the next summer.
Speaking at a ceremony to begin the construction of a power station in the southwestern city of Andimeshk in Khuzestan Province on Wednesday, Falahatian said the country’s power generation capacity is planned to increase.
Currently, the nominal capacity amounts to 77,000 MW, he said, adding that it would reach more than 80,000 MW by summer 2018.
Last month, with the coming into service of several new thermal units of power plants that can produce 110 MW of electricity, the country’s overall nominal capacity reached 76,947 MW.
Back in November 2015, Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian unveiled plans for an increase in the country’s capacity of electricity generation and exports to neighboring countries.
Iran is now exporting around 12 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity to its neighbors each year, while the imports stand at an annual level of 4 billion kWh, the minister said at the time.
The country’s electricity industry ranks 14th in the world and first in the Middle East in terms of electricity generation.
(Source: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence)