Electricity Production to Increase by 20,000 Megawatts
IRAN NEWS ECONOMIC DESK
TEHRAN – Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian during a TV program said that by the end of this government next year, the power production capacity will increase by 20,000 megawatts and it will added to the network.
Ardakanian said despite a decline in the ministry’s budget from the oil revenues comparing to the preceding years, the ministry will increase the production capacity by 20,000 megawatts by the end of next year.
He added that the ministry has tried to minimize the power outage, reiterating that all depends on the public cooperation and their management of electricity consumption.
He added that every year the number of electricity outage decreases in the country and it has almost been zeroed because of power shortage. He added that this year the number of big industries being supplied with electricity has soared and it means the number of production lines has increased.
Ardakanian added that every year some one million subscribers are added to the list of electricity users in the country who should be supplied with power. He reiterated that the country is determined to activate all of its capacities for surge in production and this needs more energy, reiterating that the ministry’s main goal is to enhance electricity production in order to export the surplus production to earn forex needed for the industry.
He reiterated that some power outages in the country have not happened because of power shortage or its export to the neighboring states, and it has just been because of technical problems.
Ardakanian noted that Iran has no problem in electricity knowhow and it can rely on itself in managing its power industry and it can even present its achievements in this industry to the world.
But he admitted that if there is any problem in this industry it is not technical and it is just financial and it should be dealt fairly and seriously.
He also reiterated that subsidies in this sector should not lead to overconsumption of electricity by the public.
Ardakanian noted that despite decline in oil revenues and fall in the ministry’s budget, the electricity production capacity has been boosted and 20,000 megawatts of electricity will be added to the current amount by the end of the current government next year.
He said 18 dams have been inaugurated or will be inaugurated this year which will boost the power production.