Iran's deputy energy minister Houshang Falahatian is reported to have said the country is manufacturing 25-megawatt gas turbines for the first time. Iran's Mapna Group boasts of an installed base of hundreds of units for its light and heavy gas turbines based on Siemens designs. Falahatian also said Iran is joining the group of ten countries possessing the technology for such turbines, an Iranian news agency reported.
Quoting government officials, the Iranian media has been reporting about this indigenous gas turbine for nearly a month now. Falahatian said the turbines manufactured in Iran cost 25 percent less than foreign counterparts. "Iran will need over 70 billion liters of fuel, valued at $70 billion, to generate enough electricity in the coming summer," he said.