Two new steam units were launched this weekend as part of a power plant in the North Khorasan province region of Iran, according to the Mehr News Agency.
Totaling 320 MW in capacity, the two units are the firsts for the Shirvan combined cycle power plant in Shirvan County. They were launched in a ceremony attended by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
Shirvan Power Plant already has six gas units, each with a capacity of close to 160 MW (totaling 930 MW), according to the news agency. A third, 160-MW steam unit will come online by March 2020.
And when all the three steam units become operational, Shirvan’s overall capacity will reach 1,410 MW. The official said that each steam unit will help save the plant as much as 250 million cubic meters of natural gas worth $50 million annually.
Back in December, Iran’s nominal capacity to produce electricity reached over 80,000 MW following the connection of a number of power plants to the country’s national grid.