Iran moves towards self-sufficiency in manufacturing power plant equipment

TEHRAN – In recent years and especially since the reimposition of US sanctions, strengthening national production and self-sufficiency have become Iran’s major strategy in all areas.

This new strategy has been pursued in various sectors including oil and gas, petrochemicals, but also the electricity sector which is of vital importance for the development of the country.

In this regard, as in the previous year, the Ministry of Energy has placed the indigenization of major equipment and items used in this industry at the top of the agenda for the current Iranian calendar year (started on 21 March), which is named the year of “production: support and removal of barriers”.

Thus, all organizations and entities involved in the energy sector have been tasked with defining special programs to support the national production of equipment and machinery.

A major player in the country’s electricity production, Thermal Power Plants Holding Company (TPPH) was one of the pioneers in this area.

According to the director general of the indigenization office of the TPPH, Ali Isa-Pour, currently around 80 percent of the sophisticated equipment used in the construction and overhaul of the country’s power plants is supplied by domestic producers.

The official noted that last year, more than 350,000 power plant equipment was manufactured by domestic companies and supplied to power plants across the country.

“Following general government policies regarding the maximum use of the capacities of national companies and allowing them to reduce dependence in the era of sanctions, the indigenization of parts and equipment has become a major priority of Thermal Power Plant Holding and of its subsidiaries, ”says Isa-Pour.

The company also plans to post the information about domestically manufactured equipment and parts on a special website so that other power plant companies across the country can order any items they may need.

Total self-sufficiency in the construction of gas power plants

In addition to the achievements mentioned, in some areas the country has even become completely self-sufficient and is able to export equipment and machinery to other countries.

According to the former Managing Director of Iranian Electrical Equipment Manufacturing and Supply Company (SATKAB) Mohammad-Vali Alaedini, the country is fully capable of producing and exporting all the equipment and services required for the construction of power plants in gas.

“Our capacity to manufacture and supply water and electricity equipment has reached a point where we are not only able to fully meet our domestic demand, but also to export it to other countries,” Alaedini said.

He had mentioned Iraq, Armenia, Syria and Tajikistan as some of the export destinations for Iranian energy equipment and services, adding “We have achieved 80% autonomy in the construction of other power plant equipment. electricity, while in the construction of gas power plants, hydroelectric power plants and dams, we are completely self-sufficient and export services to other countries.

World-class gas turbine manufacturing

In another important step towards full self-sufficiency in the energy sector, Iranian group MAPNA, which is the first and largest general contractor of thermal power plants based in West Asia in the MENA region, recently announced that the Islamic Republic would become an exporter of new classes of gas turbines in the near future.

Speaking on the sidelines of the signing ceremony of an agreement to manufacture an MGT-75 gas turbine for TPPH at the end of March, MAPNA director Abbas Ali-Abadi said: “Iran now has the knowledge and technology to design and manufacture a variety of new gases. turbines globally.

“We will present this turbine [MGT-75] soon on the global market and it will undoubtedly be well received, ”Ali-Abadi added.

MAPNA had previously manufactured Class E and Class F turbines such as MGT-70.

Turning restrictions created by US sanctions into opportunities, the Islamic Republic, which imported such equipment from foreign sources such as Germany’s Siemens, is now among the world’s leading manufacturers of high-efficiency power plants.


Leon E. Hill