Siemens has shipped the first F-class gas turbine for the Bandar Abbas power project in Iran. This is the first stage of the bilateral contract covering the transfer of know-how for F-class gas turbine technology between Siemens and the MAPNA Group.
As part of the Bandar Abbas gas-fired power plant, the turbine and the rest of the equipment will help cover the country’s rising demand for electricity. In March 2016, Siemens concluded a far-reaching agreement with MAPNA, Iran's largest power plant EPC contractor, to collaborate on the transfer of know-how for the F-class gas turbine technology to modernize the Iranian power supply system. The two companies also signed a contract that covers the two SGT5-4000F gas turbines, two SGen5-2000H generators, and the associated power plant instrumentation and controls.
The Bandar Abbas power plant is being built in the port city of the same name in the southern province of Hormozgān, near the coast of the Persian Gulf. The plant will have a capacity of 600 MW, sufficient to supply electricity to 150,000 Iranian homes. MAPNA plans to expand the facility into a combined-cycle power plant at a later date.
The Iranian Energy Ministry is planning to build more gas-fired power plants. Demand for electricity is growing by 5 percent each year. Iran wants to increase its generation capacity from 74 GW today to 100 GW in five years. A large portion of the new power plants being built will be fired with natural gas. The country is also planning to significantly expand its energy exports. The agreement between Siemens and the Iranian MAPNA Group includes a license for manufacturing F-class gas turbines in Iran. A total of more than 20 gas turbines as well as the associated generators are scheduled to be delivered over the next four to five years.