Iran, Czech call for further power coop.

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TEHRAN, Oct. 18 (MNA) – Iran’s energy minister has called for further partnership of Czech Republic in Iran’s power projects, particularly in construction of incineration plants.

Speaking at a meeting with First Vice President of the Senate of the Czech Republic Premysl Sobotka in Tehran, Iran’s Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian pointed to Iran’s power production capacity saying “gas remains as the main source of electricity production in Iran while the share of nuclear energy is negligible amounting to only 1000 megawatts.”

“Iran and Czech hold a long history of cooperation and currently Khoda Afarin hydroelectric power stations is being constructed in partnership with the European state,” noted the official underscoring that Iran intended to mainly focus on renewable energies in coming years.

The official recalled that Iran, at Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015, agreed to produce 7500 megawatts of renewable energies by 2030 and will invite tenders for capacities over 100 megawatts.

He outlined construction of waste-to-energy (WTE) plants in major cities as yet another priority pursued in Iran’s power industry; “so far, a total of 19 large sites have been allocated to this end.”

Chitchian went on to note that Iran welcomes prominent Czech companies who are eager to provide finance to incineration projects maintaining “these firms can also launch cooperation in water and wastewater treatment or manufacturing of water transfer equipment.”

Also at the meeting, First Vice President of the Senate of the Czech Republic Premysl Sobotka touched upon Iran’s capacities noting “energy remains as a vital and significant aspect of economic development in all countries and Iran enjoys precious energy resources.”

He expressed hope that old ties between Iran and Czech Republic will become strengthened following the removal of international sanctions.

Sobotka emphasized that both sides could cooperate on nuclear energy and incineration plant projects given that Czech hold invaluable experiences in these arenas.

At the end of his remarks, he deemed power grids and water treatment stations as more possible venues for cooperation between Iran and Czech Republic.

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