Iran sees growth in hydroelectric production

Iran’s hydropower production capacity has increased more than 5% over the past year, according to the country’s Office for Supervising the Exploitation and Optimization of Hydroelectric Power Plants.

The office says Iran’s hydropower output has increased from 5,794 GWh to 6,052 GWh from March 20, 2011, through March 20, 2012 — dates that approximate the beginning and end of the traditional Jalali calendar.

Iran says its total combined capacity is 9,246 MW and that the country is actively pursuing hydroelectric development opportunities. reported in June that the Iranian province Kurdistan is planning five hydropower projects that will add a combined capacity of 1,305 MW to the country’s grid, which followed a January announcement of US$240 million in bonds being issued for hydro development.

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