F-Class Gas Turbines to Boost Productivity

F-Class Gas Turbines to Boost Productivity

Preliminary negotiations have been held to produce F-class gas turbines in Iran, said a deputy energy minister.

“Iran is now a producer of E-class turbines, but F-class turbines in combined-cycle plants can increase the productivity by over 50%,” Houshang Falahatian was reported as saying by IRNA on the sidelines of the 15th International Electricity Exhibition in Tehran.

He stressed the importance of converting gas-powered plants into combined-cycle plants and pledged that investors in this sector will be rewarded for cutting down on fuel consumption.

Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian had earlier said the efficiency of power plants should rise to 58%.

“As part of efforts to achieve this, no thermal plants have been built over the past decade and old plants with 20% or less production capacity will be decommissioned in the near future,” Falahatian said.

The deputy minister said the number of participants in the electricity expo is nearly double last year’s and hoped that the exhibition will promote technical and commercial cooperation between Iranian and foreign companies in the power sector.

According to Iran’s 2015 budget plan, basic resources will be allotted to optimization of distribution networks.

“Optimizing the measurement system, wastage will decline to 5 or 6%, equal to that of developed countries,” he said.

“It took 10 years to reduce wastage from 20% to 15% while only in the past two years, 15% wastage decreased to 11%, which is a remarkable achievement.”

Smart equipment are also planned to be installed in electricity networks.

The deputy energy minister referred to negotiations with manufacturers to produce smart electricity meters and said, “Meters must correspond to each other so that in case a contractor does not win a tender, the next contractor’s meters do not cause disturbance in the transmission system.”

A nationwide plan to replace conventional power meters with smart ones is expected to go underway by the end of 2016.

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