Iran Arrests 3 for Sabotage at Power Distribution Facility
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian security forces detained 3 personnel of a key power plant in the country for collaboration with anti-revolutionary grouplets in sabotage acts at Iran’s power distribution system.
"Three personnel of one of the most important power plants in the country, which is responsible for generating and supplying electricity to large cities, were identified and arrested by monitoring bodies for cooperation with anti-revolutionary grouplets,” an informed source told FNA on Thursday.
He added that the arrested individuals were active in destroying and disabling a part of the power plant and cause frequent power outages in certain big cities.
The source said that the detainees have confessed to be operating for certain anti-revolutionary groups active outside the country, adding that operations to arrest other suspects in the case continue.
People in different cities of Iran and the capital faced hours of power cuts in the past few days, several weeks after they had seen brief blackouts.
Weather forecasts suggested temperatures in Tehran and other semi-arid regions in Iran could rise to over 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).
Head of Iran’s state electricity company Tavanir has blamed a fresh surge in illegal crypto mining activity in the country as a main cause of shortage in power supplies during hot summer days.
Mohammad Hassan Motavallizadeh said on Sunday that Iran has been facing a “critical electricity situation” mainly because more people had become active in mining crypto currencies through devices smuggled into Iran in recent months.
“This year a significant flow (into Iran) of illegal cryptocurrency mining devices has caused a surge in electricity consumption resulting in the current critical electricity conditions,” said Motavallizadeh.
Motavallizadeh said nationwide electricity consumption in Iran had increased by a fifth this year compared to the summer last year.
He described the surge as significant while blaming it on a jump in crypto mining activity in recent months.
Figures by Tavanir show that Iran’s electricity usage has exceeded 65,000 megawatts (MW) in peak hours of consumption in recent days.
Authorities have intensified their crackdown on unlicensed crypto mining activity. Footage released in the local media last week showed police launching a raid on a large facility located to the West of Tehran where over 7,000 mining devices had been operating.
Having one of the cheapest electricity rates in the world, Iran is estimated to contribute to some 7% of the global cryptocurrecny production.