Companies have until the end of April to submit proposals for the Zanjan 1 and 2 power stations, each of 500 MW. Under the Tavanir programme, four other power plants – Khoramabad 1 and 2, which will have combined capacity of 1,000 MW, and two 500-MW plants in Mashad and Kashan – will be tendered at a later stage.

Bid documents will be released before the end of February for the first state-owned power plant to be sold off through a public tender. Companies and investors will be invited to bid for the 350-MW, combined-cycle Khoy power station, located in Azerbaijan province.

The projects are part of Tavanir’s programme to increase installed power capacity by 20,000 MW to more than 53,000 MW by 2012.