Electricity projects worth $80m put into operation in 3 provinces

May 18, 2021 - 14:42

TEHRAN – Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian inaugurated 10 electricity projects worth 3.36 trillion rials ($80 million) in 10 provinces on Tuesday, in the seventh week of the ministry’s A-B-Iran program in the current Iranian calendar year (started on March 21).

The said projects were put into operation in Fars, Kerman, and Kermanshah provinces through video conference, IRIB reported.

Two solar power plants, some substations, and improvement and development of electricity network facilities were among the inaugurated projects.

The first phase of the A-B-Iran program (the acronyms A and B stand for water and electricity in Persian) was initiated in the Iranian calendar year 1398 (ended on March 19, 2020), during which 220 major projects with a total investment of 335.6 trillion rials (about $7.99 billion) were put into operation across the country.

In the second phase of the program that was carried out in the previous Iranian calendar year (ended on March 20) 250 water and energy projects worth 500 trillion rials (about $11.9 billion) were inaugurated in several provinces.

The third phase of the program was officially started in early April and like the previous phases, this year, too, the Energy Ministry is planning to inaugurate numerous water and electricity projects in various provinces every week.

Last week, Ardakanian had inaugurated the national electricity network’s new dispatching center which is using the world’s latest technologies in Energy Management System (EMS), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), and Wide Area Management System and Control (WAMS) systems.

The National Dispatching Center manages the entire power grid, including power plants, transmission lines, and substations throughout the country.

In the last week of the previous Iranian calendar year (which was the last week of the second phase of the A-B-Iran scheme) Ardakanian had inaugurated several new systems for improving services in the water and electricity sectors.

The mentioned systems were put into operation in various areas including resource consumption improvement, asset utilization, human resource management, financial resources management, and reforming work processes in order to create transparency and to facilitate and accelerate affairs while eliminating possible bottlenecks.

A smart system for improving the Energy Ministry’s support and emergency centers called Homa, as well as a new customer services system called Chavoush were also among the launched systems.

A mechanized network monitoring system called Sanam was also put into operation; this system is aimed at monitoring the electricity networks of various provinces in order to reduce electricity losses and improve the efficiency of the country’s power network.

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