The Ministry of Electricity revealed, on Monday, the details of its plans to diversify energy sources, while it is likely that energy production will reach 22 thousand megawatts during the summer.
"There are efforts by the Ministry of Electricity to diversify energy sources and adopt solar energy and alternative energies to recycle waste, which crystallized by referring the first licensing round in 5 governorates," ministry spokesman Ahmed Musa Al-Abadi said in an interview with the Iraqi News Agency, followed by Al-Iqtisad News.
He added, "The referrals in the first round were made after studying the technical and commercial offers, by 755 megawatts in the governorates of Najaf, Karbala, Babil, Samawah and Qadisiyah," noting that "this tour seeks to generate energy through solar energies by installing solar panels in each of the five governorates." In cooperation with the governors, the fact that solar energy projects need to allocate plots of land. "
He pointed out that "the governors of Najaf, Karbala, Qadisiyah and Babil were cooperating in this field and allocated a group of lands. A group of governors was also addressed to obtain approvals regarding the allocation of lands, so that the ministry could refer the second licensing round in the governorates so that solar energy is a supplement to address the system's situation."
He explained, "The first round, which includes 755 megawatts, will start work on it and it is expected that it will be ready for work next summer," noting that "the ministry had held talks with the Ministry of Oil because it aims to install solar energy systems in the oil fields to generate 750 megawatts." Which will be specific to the Ministry of Oil, and the vital installations of the Ministry will benefit from it, and thus it will positively affect the state of the electric power and the energy system. "
He continued, "These vital installations consume a lot of energy, stressing that the installation of these projects will provide energy for these oil projects, which will reduce the burden on the electrical system in general."
He pointed out that "there is a large number of works to carry out maintenance, including periodic and urgent ones, to maintain the work of the production stations and to complete the maintenance around the summer season, indicating that it is expected that the target production for this year during the summer will reach 22 thousand megawatts."
And that "last summer the production reached 19 thousand megawatts, pointing out that the ministry is seeking in the current production before the summer is to reach 22 thousand megawatts in the event that the Iranian side releases gas, as there is a decline in the release of Iranian gas."
He went on to say: "Generative stations will be introduced in the fourth month to reach an average production of 22,000 megawatts before the summer, and this will positively affect the energy situation."
He noted that "the ministry is proceeding with solar energy projects, as the work will be divided into phases, of which there are projects of 300 megawatts in Karbala. If these operating companies succeed in producing a part of them, they will enter the system, ruling out the completion of solar energy projects next summer."
He stressed the work to "resume the flow of Iranian gas to reach 22 thousand megawatts in addition to the completion of periodic maintenance, as there are generating units that will enter service at the end of the fourth month."
And that "processing hours will not be equal in the governorates, and it is determined by the size of violations on the network," indicating that "this depends on several factors, including the commitment of citizens and the non-overrun, as well as the volume of consumption in addition to other factors such as defective transformers in the network."
Moussa added, "The ministry has contracts with government companies and the private sector to import transformers, from which a first batch has arrived and there are other payments that will arrive, but it is not possible to predict the processing hours for the coming summer
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