|Iran plans to improve efficiency of power plants||
TEHRAN – Iran has prepared a plan which could increase the efficiency of its power plants to 45 percent from the current 38 percent by 2025.
The plan envisages the old and low-efficiency power plants to be scrapped and the existing gas-fired power plants to be turned into combined cycle plants, according to Abdorrasoul Pishahang, an official at the Iranian Energy Ministry.
The efficiency of a plant is the percentage of the total energy content of a power plant’s fuel that is converted into electricity. The remaining energy is usually lost to the environment as heat.
Iran’s power generation capacity currently stands at 68.38 gigawatts. The capacity has grown by 7 percent annually over the past 10 years.
Iran currently exports electricity to Turkey, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan (including the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic), Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq.
The Islamic Republic exported 3,214 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity to neighboring countries in spring 2014, which corresponds to the first quarter of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-June 21)
Iran seeks to become a major regional exporter of electricity and has attracted more than $1.1 billion in investments for the construction of three new power plants.
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