TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian announced the country’s self-sufficiency in designing and building dams and power plants.
Iran has become self-sufficient in designing, building and operating dams and power plants and it has won a good number of international bids in competition with foreign firms, Chtchian said in an interview with Iran’s state-run TV on Wednesday night.
The country is currently exporting engineering services in designing, constructing and operating dams and power plants to over 40 countries, he added.
Iran is a leading country in dam construction and many countries, including Sri Lanka, Syria, and Tajikistan as well as several African states, have entered either dam construction or consultation projects with Tehran.
Also in March, Chitchian said more gas-powered power plants are to be converted to combined cycle plants in the country.
The minister said this move will raise the efficiency of the power plants from 37.5 percent to 50 percent.
Chitchian said currently nearly 60 percent of the fuel for thermal power plants is supplied by natural gas and the rest by gasoil and fuel oil, Shana reported.
He added that these power plants never face fuel shortage.
The minister said the efficiency of Iranian power plants is near the global average, adding that efforts are under way for boosting the efficiency of the plants.
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