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Iran, Italy in Green Energy, Power Plant Talks

About 10% of our total electricity output comes from hydroelectric power stations

In line with policies to curb air pollution, improve efficiency of power plants and reduce dependence on hydrocarbon resources, plans are underway to convert gas-powered power plants into combined-cycle plants to generate up to 7,000 megawatts of electricity.

Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian made the statement on the sidelines of a meeting with Italy's Minister of Environment and Land and Sea Protection, Gian Luca Galletti, in Tehran last week.

The two sides discussed environmental issues, renewable energy and cooperation in building power plants.

About 10% of our total electricity output comes from hydroelectric power stations and plans call for extracting more electricity from clean energy sources, Chitchian said, noting that producing 7,500 MW from solar, wind, geothermal and biomass power plants is on the ministry's agenda.

Pointing to the interest of Italian companies in Iran's fast growing energy sector, the official added that the Italian company Ansaldo STS has provided Iran with equipment for gas-powered electricity plants.

Chitchian said his ministry welcomes foreign proposals to develop combined-cycle plants.

A combined-cycle plant uses both gas and steam turbines to produce up to 50% more electricity from the same fuel than a traditional simple-cycle plant.

Commenting on the country's first geothermal power plant in Meshgin Shahr, Ardebil Province near the Azerbaijan border in the northwest, he noted that the plant's turbine and generator were imported from Italy.

The main stumbling block to expanding two-way cooperation, he said, is that Italian banks have not yet opened credit lines for Iran.

 

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