Officially.. Iraq and Saudi Arabia sign a memorandum of understanding in the field of electrical interconnection
Shafaq News/ On Tuesday, Iraq and Saudi Arabia officially signed a memorandum of understanding in the field of electrical interconnection. The signing took place between the Iraqi Minister of Electricity, Adel Karim and the Saudi Energy Minister, Abdulaziz bin Salman, via open television, in the presence of the Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers, Hamid Al-Ghazi.
Al-Ghazi said, "The electrical connection with Saudi Arabia has economic returns, and one of the government's priorities is to solve the electricity crisis."
He added, "Al-Kazemi directed the Ministry of Electricity to provide all facilities," noting that "the electrical connection between Iraq and Saudi Arabia has returns and will be tangible for citizens."
In turn, Minister of Electricity Adel Karim said that "the connection with Saudi Arabia will be completed within two years," explaining that "the Iraqi market is open to Saudi companies."
On December 2, 2021, the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity revealed that 88% of the electrical connection with the Gulf had been terminated.
The ministry's spokesman, Ahmed Moussa, said in an interview with Shafaq News Agency, "The completion of the project is within its first phase, which requires the transfer of 500 megawatts, in the summer of 2022," noting that "the connection with neighboring countries will give reliability and flexibility to the electrical network, considering the diversification of energy sources and the achievement of maneuvering for the electricity network."
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