Iran reduces electricity supply to industries to tackle power shortage

The Iranian government has decided to significantly reduce electricity supplies to industries as it struggles to minimize power outages in large cities during the current summer heat wave.

8 July 2021
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The Iranian government has decided to significantly reduce electricity supplies to industries as it struggles to minimize power outages in large cities during the current summer heat wave.

A general view of Ilam Petrochemical Complex in western Iran. Photo: Shana

The Iranian government has decided to significantly reduce electricity supplies to industries as it struggles to minimize power outages in large cities during the current summer heat wave.

Iran’s Vice-President Es’haq Jahangiri issued a decree allowing the Energy Ministry to impose a cap on electricity consumption by major industries.

Tavanir chief Mohammad Hassan Motavalizadeh said power cuts will be implemented in a handful of large manufacturing units where electricity consumption is high.

Authorities have blamed power cuts in recent days mainly on higher-than-expected demand for electricity, especially by illegal cryptocurrency miners, as well as on a heat wave and a drought that has caused the country to lose much of its hydroelectric capacity.

Energy Ministry authorities launched a coal mine in northeastern Iran that will provide fuel supplies to a power plant that is expected to come on line in the city of Tabas by 2024.

It was said during the inauguration ceremony of the mine that Iran will seek to diversify its fuel resources used for electricity generation by launching 5,000 megawatts of coal-fired power plants by 2041.

 

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