Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurated two gas power units with combined generating capacity of 650MW on 8 January 2012.

The Semnan and Shahroud power generating stations are located in the northeast of Iran. About IRR4.7 trillion ($383m) has been invested in the units, reports Mehr News Agency.

Most of the building materials and the equipment for these power plants have been manufactured by local companies in Iran.

Currently, the country’s power generation capacity stands at 67 gigawatts (GW), and the number is anticipated to go up to 70GW by the end of 20 March 2013.

In the current Iranian calendar year, 16 new power generating stations with a total 2.6GW capacity have come on line.

The Islamic republic now provides electricity to Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkey, and Turkmenistan.