Ten power projects announced for western Iran

Iran’s Ilam region is to benefit from ten new major power projects according to an official from the region’s power company, ahead of a visit by Iran’s President Mohammad Khatami.

Houshang Falahatian, managing director of the power company for western Iranian regions said the projects include five new 63 kV power posts, two 132 kV power posts and three 63 to 230 kV power posts. The projects will be implemented at a cost of rls 41.575 bn ($23.78 m).

The official added that projects will also be launched to construct three new 132 kV and 63 kV power generation stations in Ilam. He said that about rls 37bn in credit has been set aside for the three projects.

Ilam is one of 28 provinces within Iran and is experiencing a rapidly growing demand for electricity. Iran is adding significant new capacity to add to the 28 GW that it is presently able to generate. The bulk of Iran’s electricity generation is thermal of which 64 per cent is gas-fired.

The country is, however, in the process of constructing its largest hydro plant – the 2000 MW Godar-e Landar dam. Work is also slowly continuing on the controversial Bushehr nuclear plant, which began in 1974. Russia signed a contract in January 1995 to resume the stalled project and complete the 1300 MW facility, at a cost of $780m.

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