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Iran ranks 8th among gas plant builders

31 August 2010 18:00

A senior official in Iran’s Energy Ministry says the country ranks eighth among world countries that have the capability to construct gas power plants.

Iran has successfully managed to develop the advanced technology to build gas power plants and compete with the developed countries in this field, Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian said on Tuesday.

“Up to two decades ago, design, construction, installation and launch of power plant units in Iran were carried out by foreign consultants and contractors,” IRNA quoted Chitchian as saying.

However, today the Islamic Republic has developed the capacity to compete with countries such as the US, UK, Germany, Japan, and China, the Iranian deputy minister added.

Iran is currently capable of construction and launch of various kinds of hydroelectric power plant, Chitchian said, adding that the country’s engineers are currently building power plants in neighboring countries including Oman, Iraq and Syria.

Earlier this week, foreign investors including companies from Germany and the United Arab Emirates invested more than USD 1 billion in Iran’s power plant industry.

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