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Karaj Hydroelectric Power Plant Reconnected to National Grid

Karaj Hydroelectric Power Plant Reconnected to National GridKaraj Hydroelectric Power Plant Reconnected to National Grid

Amir Kabir (Karaj) Hydroelectric Power Plant has been reconnected to the national grid after a full overhaul, director of the dam said.
“The 90 MW power plant started operations in 1961. It was first rehabilitated in 1967 but did not go under complete overhaul until last September,” IRNA quoted Mehdi Fotoukian as saying.
Months after repair and maintenance the plant is now synchronized with the national network to help during the hot season, especially this year when the weatherman in south Iran is reporting temperatures near 50 degrees Centigrade.
The hydroelectric power plant is adjacent to Amir Kabir (Karaj) Dam that is constructed on the Karaj River, 63 km northwest of Tehran.
Karaj Dam has a capacity of 205 million cubic meters of water. Due to the lack of enough precipitation and long periods of drought, the dam had less water for many years and could not operate at optimum levels. 
With heavy rainfall since the beginning of the current water year in September, the dam now holds 160 mcm of water.
Karaj dam is one of the main sources of drinking water for Tehran and its growing population. 

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