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First Iranian geothermal power plant expected to start operations by March 2021

Project site of the 5 MW Sabalan project, Iran (source: Iranian Geothermal Energy Association) - picture of 2018
Alexander Richter 20 Jul 2020

Iran's first geothermal power plant is being scheduled to start operation in Q1 of 2021. The Meshgin Shahr geothermal plant will feature 5 MW in a first stage.

Over the years, we have been reporting on the Iranian geothermal project in the Meshgin Shahr county of Ardabil Province (northwestern Iran). It is now being reported that the plant is expected to be commissioned in the last month of the current Iranian year (February 19 – March 20, 2021), according to Mohsen Tarztalab, Managing Director of Iran’s Thermal Power Plants Holding Company, as reported by MENAFA agency, citing the Ministry of Energy of Iran.

The first stage of the plant development will feature a 5 MW turbine, while a total of 50 MW is targeted to be reached at later stages.

The director emphasized that the production capacity of this power plant in the first stage will be 5 megawatts.

The Meshgin Shahr geothermal power plant is being built at the foot of Mount Sabalan, about 85 km nortwhest of Ardabil. The current investment is reported at around $40.4 million, which seems a lot for a 5 MW plant.

We will continue to explore and report if we learn more.

Source: MENAFN