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1/5/05

Nominal capacity of Iran's power plants to hit 36,000 MW by year-end

Tehran, Jan 5, IRNA -- The nominal capacity of Iran's power plants will reach 36,000 MW, showing s 60 percent increase compared to the similar figure for eight years ago, Energy Minister Habibollah Bitaraf said in Tehran on Tuesday night.

Addressing a ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Iran's electricity industry, Bitaraf added that 63-400 KW transmission lines of the country will reach 87,674 kilometers in length, 30 percent of which has already been put into operation since 1376 (1997).

He said the Energy Ministry attaches importance to investment of the private sector in power generation sector, adding that inauguration of the country's first power plant being constructed by the private sector (Chehelsotoun of Isfahan) by the end of the year, would open new horizons for the private sector's activities in this field.

"Currently one 6,000 MW power plant under built-operate-transfer (BOT) scheme and one 10,000 megawatt power plant based on built-operate-own (BOO) are currently under constriction by non-governmental sector," the minister said.

Iran is currently among exporters of electric equipment as well as technical and engineering services to regional markets including the Arab and Central Asia states, Bitaraf said, adding the country adopted measures to find other markets in other continents including Africa.

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