Iranian power plant contractor Mapna has begun work on a combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plant and linked desalination plant on Qeshm Island in the Gulf, near the Strait of Hormuz. The plant will have capacity to generate 540MW of electricity and desalinate 100,000 cmd of water. Start-up is scheduled for early 2017.

The power plant will incorporate two gas turbines and a heat recovery steam generator, all manufactured by Mapna’s TUGA subsidiary. TUGA acquired gas and steam turbine technology from European manufacturers during 2001-04, before the onset of sanctions over Tehran’s nuclear program. Mapna recently started work on a 1GW gas-fired plant at Zanjan (MEES, 17 October 2014). (CONTINUED - 292 WORDS)