The total envisaged capacity of 1,500 MW will supply the Almahdi aluminium smelter under expansion in the Bandar Abbas minerals free zone.

Bidders for the buyback project include: the local Azarab; Jahad Taghighat, also local, with UK-based Balli Group; Germany’s Ferrostaal; and an affiliate of Italy’s Fata Group. The consultant is the local Monenco Iran.

Another captive plant for the minerals industry is under bid at the Khouzestan Steel Companycomplex in Ahwaz. That project is much smaller, with total envisaged capacity of 350 MW. Bidders include GE Franceand Germany’s Siemens (see Industry).