Mohammadreza Rezazadeh noted that once the feasibility studies for new hydroelectric power plants are completed, the electricity capacity will increase considerably.
He put the current capacity of the country's hydroelectric power plants at 4,500 megawatts and said that there are some other projects on track which will add 7,500 megawatts of electricity to the country's capacity in the near future.
He went on to say that the IWPCO is conducting feasibility studies on several other projects, including the Khorasan Dam, the Karoun-3 Axis-3 Dam, the Karoun-2 Axis-8 Dam, the Aras Watershed Dam, and the Ilam Pump Storage Dam, noting that the Khorasan and Aras Watershed dams will come on stream by the end of the Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2011). TCCIM reported.
Noting that hydroelectric power plants account for 6 to 8 percent of domestic power generation on average, he said the figure even rose to 12 percent last summer.
He added the first power plant of the Karoun-4 Dam will join the national electricity grid in the near future,
Iran had a total electricity generation capacity of 53,000 megawatts by 2009 and plans to add 5,000 megawatts of capacity to the grid annually.
Iran is currently able to construct and operate various kinds of hydroelectric power plants. The country is also building power plants in Oman, Iraq, Syria and other neighboring countries and is engaged in dam construction activities in Tajikistan, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, while consultations are underway with a number of other countries.
In 2010, Iran won a contract to build a dam in Afghanistan and another contract to build a power plant in Syria.
In one of its most important international projects, Iran will start the construction of a $200 million hydroelectric dam in Nicaragua in 2011.