Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has opened a 310 megawatt (MW) power plant unit in an economically underdeveloped region west of the country where electricity generation capacity has reportedly increased by nearly 50 percent in seven years.
The official IRNA agency said that that the electricity station opened earlier on Thursday by Rouhani via a video conference call was the second and final gas unit of the 913 MW combined-cycle power plant in Dalahu, a county of more than 42,000 people in the western province of Kermanshah on the border with Iraq.
A first gas unit of the Dalahu power plant had been opened in late November 2020 while a single steam unit, with a capacity of 293 MW, is expected to come on line in July.
Electricity generation in Iran has seen a major boost in recent years as the Ministry of Energy has ramped up the use of the combined-cycle systems in power plants. The efficient mechanism allows the use of exhaust heat from gas-fired combustion turbines to raise steam to produce more electricity.
The Iranian government has guaranteed to provide free natural gas at least for several years to private investors who build combined-cycle power plants, like the one constructed in Dalahu, where total investment for the project has exceeded 400 million euros, according to a local offiical.
The power plant will create 150 permanent jobs in the region, said Lojtaba Ghobadi, from Kermansha governor office, adding that 600 workers have been employed during the construction phase of the project.
Ali Asadi, who serves as the CEO of Iran’s West Regional Electricity Company, said power generation capacity in three underdeveloped provinces bordering Iraq, where Iran’s Kurdish community is dominant, had increased from 2,370 MW in August 2013 to nearly 3,560 MW this summer, a surge of 50 percent.