8GW of new power capacity needed to avoid outages: energy minister

Iran is going to need 8000 megawatts (MW) of new electricity capacity to prevent outages in the next summer, Tasnim news agency reported on Saturday quoting the energy minister. “Our estimate is that, the peak demand for the summer of 1398 [next Iranian calendar year], will reach over 61,000 MW while our current operational capacity is 53,000 MW, so we need to provide the 8,000 MW deficit by the next summer,” Reza Ardakanian said