A 250 MWe gas-fired power plant has entered service in northwestern Iran, Reuters reports. The power station in Khoy was built at a cost of $65 million in hard currency and $10 million in local currency.

A second phase of the Khoy project, to be completed in four years, will add a further 100 MWe to the capacity of the plant. Some power from the plant may be exported to Iran’s neighbours.

Iran, which expects its production capacity to rise to 24 900 MWe this year, has contracts to supply electricity to Azerbaijan and Turkey.