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Iraq's Electricity Crisis: The Supply Challenge between Iran and the Gulf Connection

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Iraq's Electricity Crisis: The Supply Challenge between Iran and the Gulf Connection Empty Iraq's Electricity Crisis: The Supply Challenge between Iran and the Gulf Connection

Post by rocky Sat 13 Aug 2022, 5:26 am

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The problem [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] one of the biggest problems facing the Iraqi state for decades, as successive governments have been unable to solve it despite the existence of sufficient financial budgets to build electric power plants, in addition to the availability of raw materials needed to operate these plants, including fuel and natural gas.
Iraqi families, especially during the summer, face the increased need for energy, darkness and long power cuts in conjunction with a significant rise in temperatures. Iraq has been importing electricity and gas from Iran for more than 16 years at prices that exceed the world average, with amounts amounting to more than two billion dollars annually, while burning its natural gas and gas associated with oil extraction operations in the atmosphere.

For the fourth year in a row, a World Bank report ranked Iraq as the second largest country in the world by the amount of gas it burns in the atmosphere after Russia. In addition to importing Iranian gas, Iraq also imports 1,200 megawatts of electricity through four transmission lines. However, the failure to produce gas locally to operate power stations caused large quantities of it to be wasted, and the dependence on imports from Iran resulted in long hours of rationing, which aggravated the suffering [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] especially during the summer.

Iranian non-compliance

The Iraqi Ministry of Electricity justified the reasons for the decline in the hours of supplying electricity to citizens with crises and emergency symptoms, and talked about efforts to address them, while confirming that Iranian gas did not reach the agreed levels until the present time.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Electricity, Ahmed Moussa, told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that the Iraqi electrical system witnessed many problems during the past few days, and the engineering departments in the ministry quickly addressed them, and pointed out that the Ministry's Crisis Cell mobilized all its efforts for maintenance around the clock, except The situation is not ideal in terms of processing hours.
Moussa justified the reason for reducing the supply hours in the recent period because the Iranian side did not abide by the agreement concluded with it on the supply of gas, because the agreement with the Iranian side stipulates that Iraq will get 55 million cubic meters of gas, but the current amount is only 45 million cubic meters. Emphasizing that the actual need at the present time is estimated at 60 million cubic meters.
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He added that his ministry seeks to diversify energy sources and establish electrical interconnection projects with neighboring countries, explaining that work is continuing to complete the joint interconnection procedures with Turkey and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and discuss the issue in detail with the Gulf Interconnection Authority and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. And Moussa indicated that after negotiations that lasted two years, the electrical connection agreement was officially signed with the Saudi side, stipulating the establishment of a joint connection between the two countries, determining the paths of the lines and studying the connection points, as well as defining the mechanisms of energy transmission, to achieve high stability in electricity supply by providing more than one source for energy.

deep problem

For his part, researcher in energy affairs, Alaa Al-Dulaimi, said that the electrical connection is a new beginning for investment in the field of energy, and enhances the economic ability to increase financial revenues for the producing countries.
In his speech to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, Al-Dulaimi explained that the electricity problem in Iraq is a rooted problem, which began to worsen since the second Gulf War, and extended throughout the years of the siege that the country experienced at the end of the last century, but throughout the years that followed the American invasion of Iraq and the large sums of money that were spent It has not seen any progress for political reasons.
He added that Iraq owns electric power plants, but they are almost stopped or operating at specific hours, due to the lack of the necessary fuel, as a result of Iran's cessation of exporting the quantities of gas needed to operate the stations, in addition to the deterioration of a lot of infrastructure in Iraqi facilities.
Al-Dulaimi indicated that the electrical connection with neighboring countries is an important step in the right direction, especially since Iraq's contract with the Iranian side ends in 2024, which provides an opportunity to end the process of importing Iranian gas that is sold to Baghdad at prices higher than international prices, but the Iranian activity towards electricity Iraq is increasing every time Iraq moves towards diversifying its sources of electricity.
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He revealed that the establishment of an Iranian plant in Iraq with a capacity of 3,642 megawatts would make the country need an additional gas estimated at 25 million cubic meters, which would raise the value of the current import of Iranian gas from 50 to 75 million cubic meters, with an estimated increase of 50 percent. Iranian media sources announced that Iranian companies are working to establish an electrical station to generate 3,642 megawatts of energy in Iraq.
She stated that the production of this amount of energy is 7 times more than Saudi Arabia's program to supply Iraq with electricity during the next three years, and that it is working to establish electric power production stations. She added that Iranian companies have opened several units for the production of electric power in Iraq, namely Al-Sadr, Al-Haidariya, Najaf and Al-Rumaila stations, and that the cooperation between Iran and Iraq in the field of electricity was not limited to the establishment of electric power production plants only, but that the Iranian side participates in the field of maintenance of Iraqi stations. also.

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The researcher in Iraqi economic affairs, Nabil Jabbar, considered that Iran has political and economic goals to increase its cooperation with Iraq in the energy sector, and the involvement of Iranian companies in contracts for the construction of power stations keeps Iraq forced to import Iranian gas, in addition to other partnerships related to the maintenance of electrical stations that will not stop there.
Jabbar added to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that Iran's endeavor to establish new power stations in Iraq through investment aims to perpetuate Iraq's dependence on importing Iranian gas and Iraq's continued dependence on energy supplies within a special diplomacy linking Iraq with Iran.
Jabbar revealed that there are observations on the investment contracts that the Ministry of Electricity conducts with companies investing in energy production, which proved the bias of those contracts in favor of investors, expressing his fear that the Ministry of Electricity will continue to grant other investment contracts in the same context, which would expose public money to waste and increase levels of corruption. .
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