Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Ali Zabihi says the country's power generation capacity is set to hit 76,000 megawatts (MW) when the underway projects come on stream.
Zabihi said on Wednesday that the country produced about 5,000 MW of electricity during the previous Iranian calendar year (ended March 19, 2012), and is projected to boost electricity generation by 4,000 MW by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (ends March 20, 2013).
On January 19, Managing Director of Iran Power Generation and Transmission Company (TAVANIR) Homayoun Hayeri said the country ranks first in the Middle East in terms of electricity generation.
“Iran electricity industry ranks 14th in the world and first in the Middle East in terms of electricity generation by having an installed power generation capacity of 67,806 MW,” Hayeri added.
He noted that Iran is the largest exporter and importer of electricity in the Middle East and is exchanging power with many countries in the region.
Hayeri further noted that Iran’s power exports and imports are set to increase to 15 billion MW by the end of the current Iranian calendar year.
The Iranian official also pointed out that 99 percent of the equipment required for power generation, transfer and distribution is domestically designed and produced.