The launch of a new power plant south of Iran increased the country’s capacity of electricity generation by 160 megawatts (MW).
The first unit of Samangan Combined Cycle Power Plant in Iran’s southern province of Kerman has come into operation, raising the overall capacity of electricity generation to 77,446 MW.
In a combined cycle power plant, a gas turbine generator generates electricity while the waste heat from the gas turbine is used to make steam to generate additional electricity via a steam turbine. CCPDs are efficient and cost-effective.
Iran exports 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, Iran’s energy minister said in November 2015.
(Source: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence)