According to Saeed Pakseresht, Director of Research and Technology at the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC), by obtaining the necessary technology for designing and producing gas turbines it will subsequently become completely self sustaining in this field ultimately decreasing the import of such equipment.
Iran will be the first member of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to manufacture its own gas turbines for power plants. This in turn will have an interesting effect on the power industry as a whole, which is monopolised by a few American and European companies. A contract was signed in 2012 with an Iranian Research Centre, employing them to indigenize and create the necessary technology for planning and producing gas turbines with capacities varying form 25 to 30 megawatts.
Iran will be the fourth country in the world to possess the technology for manufacturing of V 94.2 turbines for gas power plants an Iranian energy official has noted. The unveiling of Iran’s first national gas turbine is scheduled for 2015.