Minister of Energy announced that the first international and third national conference on Iran’s dams and hydroelectric plants is a pleasurable opportunity for exchanging ideas, as well as sharing technical knowledge between domestic colleagues and oversea experts.
According to a report released by the conference’s PR, welcoming the domestic and foreign guests, Namjo said: “Iran is located in a region with limited rain and renewable water resources, thus our people have been seeking strategies to utilize dams so far.”
Referring to the ancient dams and structures, he noted: “We have Krit dam which is exemplary in its kind. Currently, in Iran lack of water resources, as well as population boost has turned supplying efficient water to a challenge.”
He added that Iran is categorized as a dry and semi-dry land, so that it requires chalking out strategies related to supplying water.
Signaling that today there are one thousand of dams in operation, construction, and study phases, he cited: “We have 543 small and large- scale dams, with the capacity of 46 billion cubic meters under operation.”
Noting that some of the hugest damming projects in Iran are undertaken or operated in the recent years, Minister of Energy notified: “ Karun 3 and 4 dams and power plants , with the installing capacity of 2000 and 1000 MW, Masjed Solieman and Shahid Abaspor dams and power plants, each with the installing capacity of 2000 MW, Upper Gotvand dam and power plant, with the installing capacity of 2000 MW, as well as Seymareh dam and power plant are the most important hydroelectric projects in the country.”
He added that currently Islamic Republic of Iran is carrying out Bakhtiari Dam as the highest dam in the world.
Namjo emphasized that Ministry of Energy believes that any development in the country’s dam construction should be undertaken by considering environmental criteria and having a unified and balanced look at the process from the production cycle to the water consumption.
In other part of his speech, Minister of Energy noted that the most important challenge is supplying efficient water and the recent scientific achievements should be used to meet the needs, besides having a kind manner towards the nature.
“Ministry of Energy is making an attempt to have a comprehensive look by developing the infrastructures and concerning social and environmental issues. Aiming to reach the balanced development, we need to receive valuable ideas from discerning scholars like the attendants of the conference,” he added.
He asked the conference’s secretary to record the issues, so the possibility of using the presentations will be provided for those involved in the industry and youth.
Appreciating the efforts undertaken by those involved in the conference, Minister of Energy said: “Our country’s scientists were able to localize the planning of hydropower plants. The achievements can be effective for the neighboring and trans-regional countries in order to set up hydropower plants.”
The first international and third national conference on Iran’s dams and hydroelectric plants were held from 11 to 12-Feb-12 by Ministry of Energy, IWPCO, Hydroelectric Association and by participation of many organizations and companies active in this field.