An estimated 270 billion kilowatt-hours of power have been produced in Iran’s 130 thermal power stations since March 2022, said a deputy manager at Iran's Thermal Power Plants Holding Company.
“Of the total output, steam-powered plants, gas-powered stations and combined-cycle plants generated 84 billion kWh, 59 billion kWh and 127 billion kWh respectively in the nine-month period,” said Nasser Eskandari.
The official said thermal power facilities account for 93% of Iran’s total power demand in summer, but when demand falls, the figure declines to 80%. “Timely repair and maintenance of thermal facilities will help them work at full capacity in summer,” he added.
Upgrading, repair and maintenance of thermal power plants will add 700 MW to the total output. “Overhaul starts every year in September and ends in April of the following year. This year, 583 gas and steam units in 130 power plants were overhauled before the demand peaked in June,” he said.
According to Eskandari, an estimated 359 billion kWh of power were produced in Iran in 2021, of which 91% were generated in thermal power stations.
TPPHC has signed at least 40 contracts with domestic manufacturers to indigenize much-needed parts and equipment in the power sector. As per the agreement worth $30 million, knowledge-based firms have been tasked with producing a wide range of equipment, including turbine blades, retaining rings, rotors and compressors.