[size=36]Parliamentary Energy: Iraq burns 18 billion cubic meters of gas annually[/size]
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The Parliamentary Oil, Energy and Natural Resources Committee confirmed, on Monday, that Iraq annually burns more than 18 billion cubic meters of gas, indicating that the policies in the country prevented contracting with giant companies to invest gas in the production of electric power.
Committee member MP Ghaleb Muhammad Ali said, in a statement received by Mawazine News, that "burning associated gas has a negative impact on Iraq's environment and the increase in cases of cancer in the areas where it is located, in addition to the great waste of money resulting from this case."
He added, "The associated gas is a huge production capacity and strategy through which electric power can be generated to meet half of Iraq's needs, but the government and former ministers of the Oil and Electricity ministries ruled out thinking about investing this type of gas to restore life to electric power."
Muhammad Ali gave an example in one of the fields in Sulaymaniyah, where "the local government contracted with an investment company to generate 160 megawatts of electric power from gas associated with the extraction of crude oil from this field."
He pointed out that "the former ministers were able to contract with the General Electric Company to take advantage of burning gas associated with energy production, as it announced last week about its next project, but there are wills in Iraq that control the ministries and make them more political than service ones that prevent this and want Iraq to import gas." Electricity from neighboring countries is huge, without any solutions to these problems." Ended 29/A 4