TEHRAN (Basirat) : Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian said the capital, Tehran, will host an international exhibition on the electricity industry starting on Thursday with representatives from 36 countries in attendance.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a cabinet session in Tehran on Wednesday, Ardakanian said the 19th Iran International Electricity Exhibition will be staged on Thursday.
Representatives from 36 countries, including 13 European states, as well as Russia and China, will participate in the event, he added.
“More than 500 domestic and foreign companies will be present at it (the exhibition), which we hope will be a good opportunity for our private sector,” the minister noted.
Also a number of ministers from neighboring countries have accepted Iran’s invitation to attend the event, he went on to say.
Back in February, Ardakanian highlighted the country’s self-sufficiency in the area of power generation and said the Islamic Republic is the top producer of electricity in the Middle East.
About 90 percent of power generation equipment, even complicated parts like turbines and generators, are currently manufactured inside the country, the energy minister said at the time.
He added that Iran’s capabilities in the area of power generation have developed over the past four decades so much that the country has become the top producer of electricity in the region.
“At present, we have energy exchanges with all the countries that share land borders with us,” he said.