The Iraqi Oil Minister discusses in Doha ways to increase Iranian gas exports
The ministry said in a statement today that the two ministers met on the sidelines of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GACF) in Doha today, Wednesday, in which they discussed ways to develop bilateral cooperation in the field of energy and increase Iranian gas exports to Iraq.
According to the statement, the two sides also discussed "settling the debts of gas exported to Iraq."
Abdul-Jabbar had announced earlier today a preliminary discussion to supply one and a half million tons of Qatari gas and prepare the delivery facilities, to support the electricity system with the gas it needs.
And the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity announced, at the beginning of the month of Shabab, that it will use Qatari gas to secure its need for fuel to operate power plants.
Iraq is holding talks with Gulf countries, led by Saudi Arabia, to import electricity from them by linking its organization with the Gulf system, after it had depended on Iran alone during the past years by importing 1200 megawatts as well as gas fuel to feed local electric power stations.
Iraq also intends to import electricity from Jordan and Turkey, in an effort from Baghdad to fill the shortage until building power stations that are able to meet local consumption.
Iraq has been suffering from a chronic electricity shortage crisis for decades as a result of the siege and successive wars. For many years, residents have protested against frequent power cuts, especially in the summer, when temperatures sometimes reach 50 degrees Celsius.
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