17 March 2005 – An official from Iran’s state power company Tavanir has predicted that power plant installed capacity will reach 65 GW by 2009 in order to meet increasing demand.
Jalal Ghazanfari said that included in this would be 18 GW of capacity from new power stations built through BOO (build, operate, own) and BOT (build, operate, transfer) schemes. Installed capacity in the country was 43 GW in 2004 with peak demand reaching 27.1 GW.
The number of power consumers is expected to grow at five per cent until 2009 with demand reaching 44 GW by 2008.
Under Iran’s Fourth Economic Development Plan, medium-voltage will grow by 7 per cent to reach 413 GW, while low-voltage network will grow by 3.5 per cent to hit 282 500 km while distribution stations will grow 7.5 per cent to reach 58 GW.
The Iranian government has set a long-term target of achieving 96 GW by 2020.