Tehran Power Infrastructure, Equipment Set for Rehab

Tehran Power Infrastructure, Equipment Set for RehabTehran Power Infrastructure, Equipment Set for Rehab

A series of operations to recondition and expand Tehran's electrical infrastructure will go underway this week, as the sprawling capital slowly prepares to put behind a withering summer that pushed electricity demand to new all-time highs and heaped pressure on power equipment.

State-owned Tehran Province Electricity Distribution Company is slated to optimize 72 kilometers of medium-voltage power lines, 219 km of low-voltage electricity lines, install and upgrade 117 equipment at substations and supply power to 22,480 new subscribers in the coming days in Tehran.

To further stabilize electricity supply in Tehran, the company has embarked on upgrading electrical systems in residential and commercial units, notably by expanding new metering systems that allow for reading consumption remotely and instantly.

The new system will be utilized using so-called smart meters that record energy consumption more accurately compared to conventional meters and send data to regional electricity companies.

Plans also call for the purchase of 12 power line fault detection equipment. The whole initiative is estimated to cost around $18 million.

Electrical equipment in Tehran have sustained enormous pressure in recent weeks, along with the rise in temperature and higher power demand for air conditioners.

Iran’s electricity consumption reached a peak of 55,400 megawatts on July 5, experiencing a 7% rise compared with the consumption level in the corresponding period of last year. The record is the highest since keeping records started nearly a century ago.

Between 2006 and 2010, the national grid experienced the highest power load at night time, but peak demand has shifted to summer daylight in the past few years.

Installed capacity is currently around 75,000 MW. Around 61,000 MW are produced from thermal plants, 12,000 MW from hydroelectric plants and 1,000 MW from nuclear power. Barely a few hundred megawatts are produced from renewables.

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