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Shafaq News/ The Prime Minister, Muhammad Shia'a al-Sudani, attributed, on Tuesday, the reasons for the persistence of the shortage in energy production to the lack of fuel, while he announced that importing gas supplied to electricity production plants annually costs the country about 10 trillion dinars, revealing that the Ministry of Oil is determined to achieve Self-sufficiency in gas production within three years.
This came in his speech during the final signing ceremony for the contracts of the fifth licensing round, for the border blocks and fields.
Al-Sudani said in his speech that the delay in this tour cost Iraq millions of dollars, and damaged the environment in various fields, and had a negative impact on citizens, especially in the oil-producing provinces.
And he added, "Iraq's entry into the global gas market is our choice, and our plans for it, and it will be implemented."
The Prime Minister also pointed out that one of the main causes of the electricity crisis is fuel, as the cost of importing gas costs Iraq 10 trillion annually.
He also stressed that Iraq imports oil derivatives, indicating that we will conclude licensing rounds to supply the oil refining industry.
And Al-Sudani pledged that Iraq, within three years, would reach self-sufficiency in gas production, noting that "we will enter the global gas export market."
He went on to say, "We are waiting for the fifth and sixth rounds from the Ministry of Oil, and we will invest in all fields, whether associated gas or natural gas."
And he stressed, "We expect the Ministry of Oil to work with confidence, adhere to its decisions, and defend them, and not listen to all skeptical and trembling voices," addressing the ministry itself by saying, "The government supports you in making decisions."
Al-Sudani stressed, "We want to shift from complete dependence on oil to diversify sources of income."
Al-Sudani addressed the winning companies in the fifth round, saying, "We assure you of the government's commitment to securing and providing all requirements and requirements for work in all fields, and state ministries are supportive in everything that achieves the acceleration and implementation of these projects."
The Prime Minister concluded by saying, "We are on the verge of celebrating the same celebration in signing projects and announcing important projects in the areas of services, housing, development and industry sectors."
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