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Iran ranks 19th in global power generation capacity

Ahvaz, Khuzestan prov, Oct 18, IRNA-Managing director of Iran's Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Company (Tavanir) Wednesday said that Iran ranks 19th in the world in terms of power generation. Iran's capacity in power generation has reached 42,000 megawatts making it the top country in the Middle East, Mohammad-Ali Vahdati added.

Speaking on the sideline of a ceremony to introduce the new managing director of Khuzestan Regional Electricity Company, Vahdati termed power services to the people as the most extensive nationwide, adding that some 100 percent of urban and 97 percent of rural population benefit from electricity services.

Turning to limitations in power sources, he stated that expensive equipment and shortage of resources are the main factors hindering the gradual development of the industry.

The official noted that despite the aforementioned obstacles, there are sufficient manpower and proper potentials in electricity industry to provide optimum power services to the people.

Pointing to the stable price of power in the current Iranian year (started March 21), he added that the company has not yet decided to increase the price, but given the heavy burden on electricity industry, it calls for the Majlis and the government's endorsement to increase power price.

The managing director of Tavanir Company disclosed that new power distribution companies are to be set up in the country, adding that respecting the law of independence of such companies, they should generate the power needed for the market and sell it to consumers.

He noted that if law enforcement bodies oblige the companies to sell electricity lower than the cost price, the Management and Planning Organization should offset their losses.

Vahdati also appreciated the former managing director of Khuzestan Regional Electricity Company Abdul-Aziz Karimi for his efforts during his tenure and introduced Majid Salehi as the new managing director.

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