Hydroelectric Power Plants in Iran

Dez Dam
Location: Khuzestan
Operator: Khuzestan Regional Electric Power
Configuration: 8 X 65 MW Francis
Operation: 1962-1970
T/G supplier: Hitachi, Siemens
EPC: Impregilo
Quick facts: In 1960, the World Bank made a loan of $42mn to help finance the Dez Multipurpose Project. Almost all of the loan was used to finance the Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi Dam (now renamed) and associated hydroelectric works. At the time, this was Iran's largest development project and, for many years, it was the largest hydro project in Iran. The 214m dam was one of the world's tallest at completion and remains in the Top 10.

Photograph by William Stephens (Panoramio)
Posted 5 Nov 2008

Karkheh
Location: Khuzestan
Operator: Khuzestan Regional Electric Power
Configuration: 3 X 140 MW Francis
Operation: 2002-2003
T/G supplier: Harbin, VA TECH
EPC: Mahab Ghodss, Farab
Quick facts: In Aug 2002, the first unit was commission at Karkheh Dam located 20km northwest of Andimeshk on the Karkheh River. The 3km long, 127m high earthfill dam has a clay core. The last unit was commissioned in May 2003. The project cost about Rs 3,570bn.

Photograph courtesy of Karkheh Hydro Project
Posted 8 Mar 2003

Karun-3
Location: Khuzestan
Operator: Iran Water and Power Resources Development Co
Configuration: 8 X 285 MW Francis
Operation: 2005-2006
T/G supplier: Sulzer, Escher Wyss, Elin, Pars
EPC: Mahab Ghodss, Acres, Sabir
Quick facts: The first studies on the hydropower potential of the Karun River were completed from 1961-1971 by Harza and the Iranian firm Farmanfarmaeian. In 1978, the Ground Water Resources Development Co, and Acres International were assigned the feasibility studies on Karun-3. Karun-3 has a 205m high, 462m long double-arch concrete dam and 21km of tunnels varying from 6.5m to 14.5m in diameter. The site is 28km east of the town of Izeh in Khuzestan province, 120km upstream from Shahid Abbaspoor. Karun-3 is the largest hydroelectric plant in Iran and production is up to 4,200 GWh/yr. The final unit went online in Dec 2006.

Photograph courtesy of www.karun3.com
Posted 25 Oct 2008

Karun-4
Location: Chahar Mahall & Bakhtiari
Operator: Iran Water and Power Resources Development Co
Configuration: 4 X 255 MW Francis
Operation: 2010-2011
T/G supplier: Voith, Alstom, Pars
EPC: Farab, Sepasad Engineering Co, Coyne & Bellier, Acres Intl
Quick facts: In Aug 2002, Voith Siemens Hydro won a €55mn order for the Francis machines for the Karun-4 project. This scheme is based on a 230m tall, concrete double arch damd located 55km upstream from Karun-3. The project was inagurated in Jul 2011 and cost 7.9tn rials

Photograph by Amir Kholoosi and courtesy of ISNA
Posted 30 Oct 2012

Kouhrang
Location: Esfahan
Operator: Iran Water & Power Resources
Configuration: 3 X 11.7 MW Francis
Operation: 2002-2004
T/G supplier: Voith, Elin
EPC: Farab, Tablieh Construction, Zayand Ab, Fariab-Saman, Moshanir
Quick facts: Kouhrang power plant went online in Feb 2005. This facility is located in Chaharmuhal-e-Bakhtyari 80km from Shahrekord and is part of a large-scale water development scheme. The R 350bn plant is expected to provide average annual generation of 128 GWh.

Photograph courtesy of Farab
Posted 3 Oct 2005

Lavarak
Location: Tehran
Operator: Iran Water & Power Resources
Configuration: 2 X 23.5 MW Francis
Operation: 2009
T/G supplier: Vaptsarov
EPC: Lar Consulting Engineers, Farab, SMEC
Quick facts: Lavarak is 40km northeast of Tehran upstream of Latyan Dam. The power station is part of the multipurpose Lar Dam project. The powerhouse is at 218m depth and was excavated in low-strength conglomerate. Starting in 1985, SMEC was retained by UNDP for feasibility studies, advised on tender documentation, and also did geotechnical investigations, analysis and design. The first unit was connected on 11 Dec 2009.

Photograph courtesy of Farab
Posted 8 Nov 2008

Shahid Rajaee Dam
Location: Mazandaran
Operator: Mazandaran Regional Water Authority
Configuration: 3 X 4.5 MW Francis
Operation: 2007
T/G supplier: Turboinstitut, Koncar
EPC: Farab, Posch & Partners, Stucky, Mahab Ghodss, Tablier-Perlite JV
Quick facts: This double curvature arch structure on the Tajan River has a crest length of 430m and a height of 138m; the base width is 25m, tapering to 6m at the crest. The reservoir provides irrigation and industrial water supply.

Photograph courtesy of Farab
Posted 8 Nov 2008

Masjed-e-Soleiman-I
Location: Khuzestan
Operator: Iran Water & Power Resources
Configuration: 8 X 250 MW Francis
Operation: 2002-2007
T/G supplier: Harbin, VA TECH, Azarab, Hepco, Pars, Voith, GE
EPC: Nippon Koei, Lahmeyer, Moshanir, Farab, Tablieh & Perlite JV
Quick facts: In Dec 2002, the first unit at Masjed-e-Soleiman power station was turned over to IWPC. The 180m dam is located on the Karun River 25km northeast of Masjed-e-Soleiman. Units 5&6 were turned over in September 2007.

Photograph courtesy of Farab
Posted 27 May 2004

Seymareh Dam
Location: Ilam
Operator: Iran Water & Power Resources
Configuration: 3 X 160 MW Francis
Operation: 2013
T/G supplier: Alstom
EPC: Mahab Ghodss, Perlite, Zigorat, Tablieh, Farab
Quick facts: This double curvature concrete arch dam on the Seymareh River will be 180m high and 200m long. The project is 37km northwest of Dareh Shahr town. Studies began in 1993 and construction started in 1997 with water diversion works completed in Jul 2003. Average generation is expected to be 844 GWh/yr. Also known as Hini Mini.

Photograph courtesy of Perlite Construction Co
Posted 8 Nov 2008

 

Shahid Abbaspour (Karun-I)
Location: Khuzestan
Operator: Khuzestan Regional Electric Power
Configuration: 8 X 250 MW Francis
Operation: 1976-2004
T/G supplier: Neyrpic, Voith, Alsthom-Jeumont
EPC: Campenon, Moshanir, Farab, Andrade
Quick facts: The site is 50km northeast of Masjed-e-Soleyman on the Karun River. The concrete arch dam is 203m high and 383m long. The foundation width is 36.5m.

Photograph courtesy of Shahid Abbaspour Power Gen Co
Posted 3 May 2004

Upper Gotvand
Location: Khuzestan
Operator: Iran Water & Power Resources
Configuration: 4 X 254 MW Francis
Operation: 2012
T/G supplier: Voith, Elin, Pars Generator
EPC: Farab, Sepasad Engineering, Mahab Qods
Quick facts: The Upper Gotvand site on the Karun River 25km north of Shushtar City, near Gotvand city in Khuzestan Province. The plant has the highest earthfill dam in Iran at 180m. Excavation of diversion tunnels began in Apr 1997, main civil works started in 2001, and the river was diverted in Apr 2003. Impoundment is scheduled to start in Mar 2011.

Photograph courtesy of Iran Water & Power Resources
Posted 10 Dec 2010

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 30-Oct-2012

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