Iraq has sufficient gas to fuel all electricity stations: MP[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
File Photo- Laborers walk in the Nihran bin Omar Field near Basra, Iraq on January 12, 2017. (Photo: AP/File)
SULAIMANI — Member of the Energy Committee in the Council of Representatives Amjad al-Oqabi said on Monday (January 18) that Iraq has sufficient natural gas capacity to operate all of its electricity generation plants without needing to import supplies.
Earlier, Minister of Oil Ihsan Abdul Jabbar had said that the country continues to need imported gas, which largely comes from Iran, to generate electricity. The imports account for about a third of the country’s power generation.
Al-Oqabi responded by telling state-run Iraqi News Agency that the Mansouriya and Akkas gas fields have enough capacity to fuel the stations. He represents the Sairoon Alliance.
Beyond what Iraq can bring up from its gas fields, analysts have encouraged Iraq to capture gas at oil extraction facilities, most of which is currently flared off, and use that in electricity generation.
The US current gives Iraq sanctions waivers to continue to import Iranian gas.
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