German engineering group Siemens has shipped its first gas turbine to Iran as part of a contract with Iranian power company Mapna Group.

The F-class turbine will be used in a project to build a gas-fired power plant at Bandar Abbas, south eastern Iran, with the rest of the equipment supplied by the Iranian group.

Iran’s largest power plant engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor Mapna signed an agreement with Siemens in March to collaborate on the transfer of know-how for the F-class gas turbine technology.

The agreement covers the transfer of the two SGT5-4000F gas turbines in addition to two SGen5-2000H generators and the associated power plant instrumentation and controls.

The Bandar Abbas power plant will have the capacity to produce 600 megawatts of electricity, sufficient to supply 150,000 Iranian homes. Mapna plans to expand the facility into a combined-cycle power plant in the future.

In August 2015, Italy’s Fata was awarded a €500m ($548m) turnkey deal to build an 800MW combined-cycle power station in Bandar Abbas.

Iran aims to expand its generation capacity to 100 gigawatts in the next five years from a current capacity of 74 gigawatts.

Siemens says that more than 20 gas turbines as well as the associated generators are scheduled to be delivered over the next four to five years.

The agreement also includes a licence for the manufacturing of F-class turbines in Iraq.

The Mapna-Siemens deal was one of the many agreements signed between Iran and international companies following the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions in January 2016.