TEHRAN (Iran News) – Two departments of the Iranian Energy Ministry signed a contract for the guaranteed purchase of power from the country’s largest biogas plant located in the capital Tehran.
A report by IRNA said the 15-year contract was signed between Tehran Province Water and Wastewater Company and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Organization, known by the local acronym SATBA, according to Press TV.
Under the contract, during the 15-year period ending 2034, SATBA guarantees to buy 500 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity from the biogas plant located at Tehran’s southern wastewater treatment facility at a minimum price of 10,500 Iranian rials ($0.48) per each kilowatt.
The biogas plant, one of the largest of its kind in the world, is nominally capable of producing 44 gigawatts (GW) of electricity and 140 terajoules (TJ) of heat energy per year, according to an Energy Ministry official.
Abbasali Mesrzadeh said the plant is capable of supplying the electricity need of a city with a population of 60,000, adding that a thermal power plant would normally need around 100,000 barrels of oil, or 400,000 cubic meters of gas, per year to generate the same amount of power.
Iran relies on natural gas and petroleum-based fuels for much of the energy it needs to run its massive thermal power plants.
Recently, however, the government has increased its reliance on natural gas for the same purpose to be able to raise the country’s exports of petroleum-based fuels.
Iran has implemented various schemes to increase the renewable resources’ share in the country’s total power generation.
Iran’s renewable power plants use wind, solar and biomass energies as well as other forms for power generation.
- source : Iran Daily