Shahr-e-Kord, Charmahal-Bakhtiari prov, April 29, IRNA - Iran is coordinating construction of dams, power plants and electricity transfer networks with 10 countries, deputy power minister for legal, parliamentary and logistic affairs said on Sunday.
Ali Youssefpur made the remarks while visiting construction projects in Charmahal-Bakhtiari province, adding that several countries are keen on cooperating with Iran in dam-building, power plants and electricity transfer networks, and making use of Iranian's technical and engineering achievements in this respect.
"Despite the limited banking facilities in the power sector, Energy Ministry is conducting export of technical and engineering technologies to Latin American, African and neighboring countries," he added.
Pointing to the generation of 20,000 megawatts of electricity by establishing nuclear power plants nationwide, he said that the amount of energy will be added to electricity transfer network of the country in next 20 years.
He referred to the delay in commissioning Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant as a result of breach of Russian promise, noting that Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant was scheduled to generate 1,000 megawatts of electricity by mid-September.
Iran's Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Company Tavanir plans to increase 5,000 megawatts of electricity in the transfer network, he said, adding that if Russia abides by its commitments and makes Bushehr plant operational, another 1,000 megawatts will be added to the capacity of the company.
The private sector of Iran will also provide 3,000 megawatts of electricity to the network, he noted.
According to the deputy minister, the ministry will not undertake the construction of thermal power plants, and it has ceded the operations to the private sector.
Energy Ministry is constructing 88 large dams with the capacity of 10 billion cubic meters of water, he said, adding that it is also studying construction projects for 176 dams.
"The ministry is to conduct cloud seeding project from west to east of the country in the current Iranian year (started March 21)," he said.
Youssefpur said in conclusion that China is also keen to invest in dam-building and water-electricity power plants of Iran, adding that the United Nations Security Council's sanctions will not get in the way of cooperation between the Islamic Republic and other countries.
Managing Director of Iran's Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Company Tavanir Mohammad-Ali Vahdati and Managing Director of the Dubai Water and Electricity Authority Saeed Al-Tayer signed a memorandum of understanding to expand cooperation in the field.
The MoU, which will be implemented in about one year, envisages study on transferring electricity with a voltage of 400 kilovolt.
Regarding the 180 kilometers distance between Iran and Dubai, the two sides will determine the exact underwater cables, voltage, the amount of transferable energy, and the cost of implementing the project.
The transferable power in the project is envisaged at more than 1,000 megawatts.
According to the report, the managing director of Dubai Water and Electricity Authority inspected the capabilities of Iranians in the electricity sector to construct and manufacture equipment for power plants in Karaj, Tehran province.
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