Iran’s nominal capacity to produce electricity has reached about 78,000 megawatts (MW) following the connection of a number of power plants to the country’s national grid over the past two weeks.
The country’s overall nominal capacity to generate electricity has increased by 381 MW over the past two weeks, reaching 77,987 MW.
During the mentioned time, the first units of two combined-cycle power plants in Behbahan and Parand have come into service, each of which can produce 160 MW of electricity.
A distributed generation power plant with a capacity to produce 61 MW of electricity has also been connected to the national grid.
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)