Iran Joins Regional  Coal-Rush

Iran is the latest MENA country to announce plans for coal-fired power generation.

Iran has the world’s largest (or second largest) gas reserves. But delays to new developments and rapidly rising demand have left the country with a gas shortfall, although it hopes to relieve this as new development phases of its giant South Pars field come online over the coming months (MEES, 28 November).

“Due to the presence of abundant gas resources in Iran… the country has not paid due attention to burning coal for power generation,” says Iran Power Development Company (IPDC) deputy managing director Mostafa Ali Rabbani, adding that the key attraction is price rather than a gas supply bottleneck. (CONTINUED - 271 WORDS)