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Electricity announces the completion of the electrical connection with Turkey.. What about the Saudi side?
November 29, 2021
In the early stages (Facebook)
Ultra Iraq - Editorial Team
The Ministry of Electricity announced the completion of the electrical connection between Iraq and Turkey, while it talked about efforts to activate the linkage operations with the Saudi side.
The quantities supplied of Iranian gas are supposed to be 50 million cubic meters per day, but they have receded to 8 and a half million cubic meters per day.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Electricity, Ahmed Al-Abadi, said in a statement to the official newspaper, followed by "Ultra Iraq", that "Iraq is seeking to activate the electrical interconnection operations with the Saudi side," noting that "there is a great government interest in this aspect."
Al-Abadi revealed "renewed talks to link with Saudi Arabia through the electrical transmission lines (Arar Al-Yousifiya) and another linking line that reaches the Samawa station in the Muthanna Governorate, noting that the "understandings with Saudi Arabia are in the early stages."
He added that "the electrical interconnection project with the Turkish side has been fully completed through the 400 K line in (Mosul Island), and the 132 line in (Slobi - Fayda)," stressing that "these lines are ready to be connected, and there is nothing left to pump energy through them except to define the criteria of the agreement from Where is the price and the amount of energy paid.
On November 18, the Ministry of Electricity announced the complete completion of the connection plan with Turkey, while indicating its agreement with Iran to pay all bills for the supplied gas.
The ministry's spokesman, Ahmed Moussa, said in a statement, "The ministry has completed the connection with the Turkish side through the Kurdistan region through lines 132 and 400 in full," noting that "the only thing left is to agree on the quantities of transferred energy and the tariff price."
He added that "the connection is now ready and awaiting operation according to Iraq's energy needs," noting that "the connection does not mean importing energy only, but rather to achieve reliability and stability for the electrical network, and this falls within the ministry's plans to diversify energy sources."
Regarding the fuel plan, Moussa pointed out that "there are ambitious plans by the Ministry of Oil to invest and rehabilitate gas fields and benefit from gas to supply electrical stations instead of burning it," explaining that "the need currently still prevails to import gas."
Regarding gas imported from Iran, Moussa stated that "the ministry has agreed with the Iranian side that it is ready to pay all bills for the value of the gas supplied despite the decline in releases," stressing that "the electricity has pledged to the Iranian side to pay all dues."
He added, "The decline in Iranian gas releases is significant, as the supplied quantities are supposed to be 50 million cubic meters per day, but they have receded to 8 and a half million cubic meters per day, which constituted a major loss for the electrical system."