EghtesadOnline: The power station of Damavand Petrochemical Utility Plant in Asalouyeh, Bushehr Province, has been connected to the national power grid so that it can send its surplus electricity to the grid and help stabilize the country's electricity network.
With the construction of a substation and installation of power transmission lines at $47 million, the power station is now linked to the national grid, the Oil Ministry’s news agency Shana reported.
Damavand Petrochemical Utility Plant provides power, steam, water and treated wastewater to 24 nearby petrochemical plants located in Phase 2 of Pars Special Economic Energy Zone.
The power station at the utility plant has a capacity of 1,900 megawatts. Now that power consumption in Iran is more than the electricity generated by domestic power plants, Damavand power station can help the grid with about 100 MW.
Iran’s electricity consumption has surpassed 64,000 MW in the past days, which is unprecedented since keeping records started nearly a century ago.
The record comes as high temperatures nationwide has driven electricity consumption to new heights.
The new record (64,046 MW) is about 10% more than the highest amount of consumption set last summer, which was about 58,000 MW.
Iran’s southern cities are experiencing a 50-degree Celsius temperature and the capital Tehran’s temperature has reached 40 degrees Celsius.
While the state-affiliated Power Generation, Distribution and Transmission Company’s maximum generation capacity is 59 gigawatts, electricity demand has approached 64 MW. The 5,000-MW deficit has to be compensated by load shedding and power outages that have affected industrial units and household sectors.
Damavand Petrochemical Utility Plant also produces 400,000 cubic meters of industrial water, 450,000 cubic meters of oxygen for methanol units, as well as 1,890 tons of steam for petrochemical plants.
The port city of Asalouyeh is home to a number of petrochemical complexes that receive gas and gas condensate feedstock from the giant South Pars Gas Field that Iran shares with Qatar in the Persian Gulf.