First Domestic Gas Turbine Due by Winter

First Domestic Gas Turbine Due by WinterFirst Domestic Gas Turbine Due by Winter

The manufacture of the first fully- indigenized gas turbine will be completed before winter, managing director of the Iranian Gas Transmission Company (IGTC) said, Tasnim news agency reported Tuesday.

"Two Iranian companies are working on a gas turbine with capacity to produce 25-megawatt-hour capacity," Mohammad Ali Emam said, without citing names. "The turbine can compete with European and Southeast Asian models."

There are plans to manufacture the turbine's second generation with 30 mWh capacity. In addition, the turbine will save approximately 40 percent in foreign exchange costs, he added.

Reports also said last week that the Iran Nasb Niroo Company (INNC) managed to indigenize the complete platform package for up to two megawatt steam turbines.

Emam also said the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) wants to increase Iran's share in global gas market to 10 percent under the 2025 Vision Plan, up from only one percent at present. The Vision aims to promote the country's overall position at the national, regional and international levels and reach a developed status by 2025. Plans call for expanding gas pipelines to as much as 62,000km and the number of gas pressure booster facilities to 136 by the next ten years.

Iran stopped import of pipeline since early 2000's as part of efforts to reach self-sufficiency in the production of oil and gas equipment.

The official added that gas production rose by nearly 10 percent in the previous Iranian year (ended March 20). "The output of South Pars gas field [in the Persian Gulf] increased last year without the deployment of any new transmission facility."

Annual gas production capacity is slated to increase by 100 million cubic meters each year until March 2017.