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Iran’s energy company MAPNA to unveil modern generator

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
File photo shows a large wind turbine manufactured by energy company MAPNA being installed in a wind farm in Iran.

Iran’s largest energy engineering company MAPNA is to unveil a modern electricity generator with its CEO saying that the cutting-edge device will be a fresh proof that US sanctions have barely hampered Iran’s technological progress in recent years.

Abbas Aliabadi said on Monday that the 250 mega volt ampere (MVA) generator is being manufactured in MAPNA on the order of a foreign customer.

“This generator is a work on the international scale,” said Aliabadi in a briefing with reporters meant to promote the latest technological achievements by his company.

MAPNA, which is partly owned by the Iranian government, has been contracted for major development works in the country’s energy sector.

The group's main job is to design and manufacture high-efficiency turbines for installation in  the so-called combined-cycle power plants where exhaust heat from a first power generation unit is used to raise steam in another unit.

Aliabadi said renewables still account for a major part of MAPNA’s activities, adding that the company is planning to manufacture 4.5 megawatt (MW) wind turbines for installation in the Iranian wind farms.

He said the company will also unveil its MGT-75 turbine that uses hydrogen as its fuel.

“This turbine has been designed by Iranian experts and will have a 60-percent efficiency rate in combined-cycle systems,” said Aliabadi.

On foreign contracts, Aliabadi said MAPNA is currently constructing 5 gigawatts in power generation capacity in other countries.

“MAPNA has defeated international giants in power plant construction industry because it has managed to offer high-quality equipment with lower prices to the global markets,” he said.

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