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New Power Capacity For Iran & Pakistan

March 28, 2017

By Paul Homewood



Two reports from PEI this week in juxtaposition:




Iran’s installed renewable power capacity is set to reach 700-850 MW within the country’s calendar year (which began on 21 March), the energy ministry announced this week.

The increase would more than double Iran’s current installed renewable capacity, which deputy energy minister Seyed Mohammad Sadeqzadeh put last month at around 340 MW.  

According to the Mehr news agency, Sadeqzadeh said this week that the bulk of the expected capacity would come from wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) farms, which are set to provide 90 per cent of the total amount to be installed.

The new plants will be between 10 MW and 30 MW and will be built across the country, Sadeqzadeh said. Five waste-to-power plants are also under construction, for a total capacity of 9 MW.






A ground-breaking ceremony took place on Wednesday at will be a 1,320 MW supercritical coal-fired power plant in the Hub district of Pakistan’s Balochistan province.

The plant has a capacity of providing electricity to about four million families after its completion in 2019, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
It is the second major project after Gwadar port in the restive province under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The project, which is one of the "priority projects" under the CPEC, is being constructed by the China Power International Holding Ltd and Hub Power Company Limited
Chinese state-run Xinhua news agency reported that the plant will have a capacity to provide electricity to about four million families after its completion in 2019. China has committed to building a number of energy projects in Pakistan to ease power crisis.




Iran are planning to add about 400MW of renewable capacity this year, doubling the current level.

Although this sounds impressive, it is actually distinctly less so, as such claims usually are.

If we assume a generous utilisation of 20% for the mix of wind and solar, this would generate 700GWh annually.

Iran’s total electricity output in 2015 was 281.9TWh, so the new renewable capacity will add just 0.2%.





In contrast, the new coal power plant in Pakistan would be capable of producing 9.25TWh a year, assuming 80% utilisation.

This will amount to 8% of Pakistan’s total generation.

They must be glad China is so keen on building some proper power plants for them, and not making them do with airy fairy wind and solar power.




It is worth pointing out the comparative costs:


1) Iran – $3bn

2) Pakistan  -$2bn


Of course, coal plants cost money to run, so the two are not directly comparable. However, it does emphasise that renewables cost an awful lot of money upfront, which somebody needs to supply.

  1. A C Osborn permalink
    March 28, 2017 12:55 pm

    Were there any Costs involved?

  2. March 28, 2017 5:41 pm

    Iran dissembles. They share the worlds largest conventional natural gas field with Qatar. That is by far the cheapest way for them to produce electricity via off the shelf CCGT. Their claiming their nuclear program was for electricity was and remains a pack of lies. Not to be trusted on renewables; there is some other angle.

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