Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Khatami said God-given assets of Khuzestan province, like resistance of its patient people, are unique.
He added the power plant would add some 500 Megawatts of electricity to the national capacity, saying Khuzestan province accounts for 25 per cent of the national power generation.
The president noted that Abadan power plant would play a key role in the country's development and progress.
The gas-operating power plant in Abadan, with a nominal capacity of 493.6 Megawatts, has four gas turbines, each with a capacity of 123.4 Megawatts.
The project whose construction was started three years ago has cost 94 million euros, 23 million dollars and 450 billion rials to provide electricity to the southern regions of Khuzestan and to tackle shortage of electricity in Abadan and Khorramshahr cities particularly during peak hours.
According to Petroenergy Information Network, Iranian power stations have to boost their capacities at a rate of 3,000 Megawatts per annum.
The Third Five-Year National Economic Development Plan calls for contribution of the private sector to building power stations.
Power stations throughout the country generated more than 148 million kilowatts per hour of electricity in the last calendar year (ended March 19).
Power output was higher than what had been predicted in the third five-year national plan. The generation was also higher than neighbors.
Demand for electricity exceeded 27,000 Megawatts last year. The figure grew more than 2,000 Megawatts.
The national demand for electricity will hit 44,000 Megawatts by the end of the fourth five-year development plan (in March 2010) and the country should boost its capacity to 56,000 Megawatts per hour.
Iran's power network is connected to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Iran will supply power to Iraq in the near future.
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