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Iran to Start Two Combined-Cycle Power Plants, Press TV Says

Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Iran will start operating two combined-cycle power plants with a combined generating capacity of 648 megawatts, state-run Press TV reported, citing Mohammad Reza Qalambor, the project’s manager.

The Shahid Bastami power station in the city of Shahroud and the Quds facility in the city of Semnan will be inaugurated today, Qalambor said, according to a report on the broadcaster’s website. Iran has invested about $38 million in the plants in the country’s central region, Press TV reported.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in December started the second phase of a combined-cycle power plant in the northern city of Pakdasht, which the report said was the largest in the Middle East and cost 2 billion euros. The Pakdasht facility has 12 units for burning natural gas to produce electricity and six units that use steam, Press TV reported.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ladane Nasseri in Dubai at lnasseri@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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