Acting Minister of Electricity: Short and medium plans to raise production to (45) thousand megawatts per day

Baghdad The Acting Minister of Electricity, Adel Karim, confirmed today, Thursday, that the Ministry has made great strides in the Gulf interconnection file and will sign the connection contract in the coming weeks, while revealing short, medium and long-term plans to reach the production of 45,000 megawatts.

Karim told the official News Agency that “the Ministry has concluded a set of agreements with neighboring countries, including the Gulf states, Jordan, Turkey and the Islamic Republic of Iran,” noting that “the Ministry has made a very big stride in the Gulf link file.”

He added, “it is hoped that within two weeks or more, the contract will be signed, during which Basra will be supplied from 500 to 1000 megawatts, which will give a very great stability to the energy expenditure in the southern region in general.”

He pointed out that “the Ministry has serious negotiations with the Saudi side to connect electricity or bring energy, and the connection will be either with Yusufiya or Samawa,” noting that “the first phase will include 500 megawatts, while the second phase will be 1000 megawatts, and this also will have a major role in a very stable electrical system.

He noted that “the Ministry has signed an electricity link agreement with Jordan, through which it will supply the western region, within the first phase, with 150 megawatts, and the second phase will include 500 megawatts,” noting that “the first phase will provide a group consisting of Qaim district and border areas. The depth, and the second phase will be for the city of Ramadi and other areas in Anbar.”

He continued: “Unfortunately, the current available energy is 19,000 megawatts to 21,000 megawatts, while Iraq currently needs 35,000 megawatts, which means that we suffer from a shortage of 15,000 megawatts.”

He added, “the Ministry has not yet received any amount within its allocations in the financial budget, in addition to cutting off half of the budget allocated to the Ministry by the House of Representatives. Nevertheless, the Ministry of Electricity is trying as much as possible to perform its duty.”

He stressed, “the Ministry continues to work, and if it receives great support from all parties, it will be able to increase production by up to 5,000 megawatts, and thus increase production hours,” noting that “the Ministry has short, medium and long-term plans, aiming to reach 45,000 megawatts.” over the next 5 to 6 years.”

He warned, “terrorism has affected the energy file in two ways, the first is the targeting of stations located in Baiji, western Iraq and other areas, and the second is the implementation of continuous terrorist operations that have led to the destruction of electric towers,” stressing that “these operations have affected the processing hours, and in some cases they are a cause in extinguishing stations and reducing the hours of preparing citizens.

Regarding solar energy, Karim said, “the solar energy file has been withdrawn from the Ministry of Electricity, and is currently managed by the Energy Council and the Investment Authority,” noting that “the Ministry asked the Energy and Ministers Councils to return the file to the Ministry of Electricity, as it is a sectoral Ministry that carries out this process.”

Regarding Iranian gas, Karim stressed that “Iranian gas, which is invested by the Ministry of Electricity, reaches the limits of 6000 megawatts,” noting that “without Iranian gas, a disaster would have occurred in the electricity sector, and this would have led to the downfall of the electrical system.”

He expressed, “I thanked Iran for providing Iraq with the required quantities of gas,” adding that “despite the fact that Iran has problems, in the most difficult circumstances, it provides us with the required quantity, and in most cases, more than the required quantity, which contributes to the operation of a large group of our stations in Basra and Baghdad. and the Baghdad belt.

He stressed, “For many years, Iraq will be unable to dispense with Iranian gas.”

On the contracts file in the Ministry of Electricity, Karim said, “The process of installing contracts continues in the Ministry according to the budget law, and although the numbers are very large and the Ministry has a surplus, everyone who has exceeded 5 years is directly confirmed.”

He explained, “There is an independent committee in the Ministry that works with the administrative department, which receives and checks the lists to issue administrative orders to appoint them.”

Source: National Iraqi News Agency