Firuzkuh Power Transmitter Ready

Firuzkuh Power Transmitter Ready
Firuzkuh Power Transmitter Ready

The Firuzkuh power transmission station in northeast Tehran will come into operation within the next few weeks.

Managing director of Tehran Regional Electric Company (Tavanir) Zaman Hosseini said the station, as one of the largest electricity projects in the capital with a capacity of 400 megavolt ampere (MVA), will be linked to the Neka Power Plant in Mazandaran Province, Shohadaye Pakdasht Combined Cycle Plant and the Semnan Power Plant.

Construction at the Firuzkuh transmitter started in 2008 and was expected to be completed by 2011, but was delayed due to a shortage of funds. Hosseini stressed that design, construction and implementation of Firuzkuh station was carried out in its entirety by Iranian engineers and technicians.

The $15 million station will supply electricity to residents in the mountainous region of Firuzkuh and also to two cement factories in Semnan approximately 215km east of Tehran. Firuzkuh is located at the foothills of the Alborz Mountains and needs 90 MVA. It is expected that the new station will also help accelerate the development of industrial, agricultural and tourism plans in the region.

Iran’s electricity industry ranks 14th in the world and first in the Middle East in terms of electricity generation with an installed power generation capacity of 67,806 MW.

The country is the largest exporter and importer of electricity in the Middle East and is exchanging power with Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkmenistan and Turkey. Electricity exports to the neighboring countries increased more than 4 percent in the March-September period and production increased by 7 percent compared to the same period last year.