(MENAFN) According to the spokesman for the Electricity Industry in Iran's Energy Ministry, Mostafa Rajabi Mashhadi, significant developments are taking place in the country's major industries as they embark on the construction of new power plants. These power plants, with a combined capacity of 5,600 megawatts (MW), are being built across various regions of the country. The move comes as part of a program initiated by the Iranian Energy Ministry in 2021, which aimed to address the electricity demand of major industries during peak consumption periods by constructing 10,000 MW of new power plants nationwide.
In an update on the progress, Rajabi Mashhadi revealed that even more industries have shown a willingness to participate in this endeavor. As a result, the initially agreed capacity of 10,000 MW has been expanded to a total of 14,000 MW. This expansion highlights the growing commitment and interest among industrial units in developing their own power generation capabilities to meet their electricity needs effectively.
The spokesman emphasized that the agreement signed between the industry and energy ministries ensures that those industrial units relying on their self-supplied power plants are exempt from the Energy Ministry's summer peak period consumption management programs. This exemption provides these industries with greater autonomy and flexibility in managing their electricity usage during periods of high demand.
By constructing these new power plants, Iran aims to strengthen its domestic power generation capacity and reduce its dependence on external sources. This strategic approach aligns with the country's broader objective of enhancing self-sufficiency and achieving energy security. Furthermore, the construction of these power plants will contribute to the overall development of Iran's industrial sector, creating new employment opportunities and fostering economic growth.
The collaboration between the energy and industry ministries underscores the government's commitment to supporting and facilitating the growth of its industrial base. As the construction of these power plants progresses, Iran anticipates an improved and reliable electricity supply for its major industries, enabling them to operate efficiently and sustainably. Additionally, this initiative will contribute to the stability of the national power grid and enhance the overall resilience of Iran's electricity infrastructure.
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