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Iran hails energy sector expansion in years since 1979 Revolution

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Iranian government figures show the country saw a massive expansion in energy sector since Revolution.

Iran’s energy sector has grown exponentially since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, show figures published by the government which indicate that stable services have spread to villages in hard-to-reach regions across the country.

The figures by Iran’s Ministry of Energy published on Wednesday showed that 82.9% of Iran’s rural population had access to piped water in early 2022, up from only 12% reported before the Revolution.

The figures showed that electricity coverage had spread to 57,925 villages across Iran, meaning that almost the entire population living in the Iranian countryside has access to the service. That comes as the number of villages with electricity was around 4,400 in 1979.

The figures, published in the days marking the Revolution’s 43rd anniversary, showed that other major energy sector indicators had also grown, including the number of dams which rose from 19 more than four decades ago to 105 in 2009 and to 195 in 2021.

Irrigation and drainage had expanded to cover 2.388 million hectares of Iranian farming lands in early 2022, up from 0.552 million hectares recorded in 1979.

The number of water and wastewater treatment facilities increased respectively to 166 and 256 from 27 and 4, showed the energy ministry figures.

The data showed that Iran’s electricity generation capacity had increased from 7 gigawatts (GW) in 1979 to nearly 53 GW in 2009 and to 86.375 GW in early 2022.


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