A five-year plan for the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity to raise production capacity
Shafaq News/ The Iraqi Ministry of Electricity announced, on Sunday, that it has prepared a five-year plan to increase energy production at an annual rate to reach 54,000 megawatts.
The ministry's spokesman, Ahmed Moussa, told Shafaq News Agency, "The plan aims to increase the production of electrical energy in the form of short-term stages within one year and long-term during the next five years."
And he indicated that "the production will be increased during the first year of the plan by a rate of six thousand megawatts, and in the third year 12 thousand megawatts, reaching a production capacity of 54 thousand megawatts after the end of the five years."
He added that the plan includes "raising production rates, reducing bottlenecks, and introducing some transmission lines that we intend to introduce next summer, in addition to solar energy projects."
Moussa indicated that the Ministry of Electricity "demanded the ministries concerned to provide fuel and financial support during the prime minister's visit to the ministry's headquarters," adding that the ministry "lacks financial support, and the prime minister directed the ministries of planning and finance to provide the necessary funds."
He pointed out that "the debts of the Ministry of Electricity owed by ministries and state institutions amount to about three trillion dinars as electricity consumption wages, and these debts are payable," stressing that the ministry "is going ahead with the plan and electricity will witness a clear improvement in the coming years."
Iraq suffers from low production of electrical energy. Over the past years and successive governments, tens of billions of dollars were spent on the Ministry of Electricity without a solution to this crisis, and the supply of electricity for citizens during the summer usually falls to its lowest levels.
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