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The Electricity and Energy Committee in the Iraqi Parliament confirmed, on Friday, that the payment of financial dues for Iranian gas exports has become a political problem between Washington, Tehran and Iraq, and while it indicated that there is no alternative for Iraq for those exports in the short term, it called for the need to quickly resolve this political obstacle. The fact that Iranian gas is the fastest and most suitable in terms of quality and price for Iraq.
A member of the committee, Dakhil Radi, said in a press interview seen by “Takadum”, that “the current production of electric power reaches from 18.5 to 19 thousand megawatts per day, but there are obstacles in delivering Iranian gas dues through the Iraqi Trade Bank, and this is a major problem.”
He explained, “Iran supplies Iraq with the required amount of gas for a price, and this price is set by the Ministry of Electricity in the Iraqi Trade Bank, but the problem is in the transfer process, so the sums do not reach Iran,” noting that “Iranian gas has turned into a political problem between the United States.” And Iran and Iraq.”
He stressed, "Iraq needs 28-30 thousand megawatts, but if Iranian gas is available, it is expected that production will reach 22-23 thousand megawatts, and this percentage covers a sufficient area in all provinces with processing from 16 to 18 hours per day," expressing his hope solve the gas problem in the near future.
The member of the Electricity Committee called for “solving the problem of Iranian gas in a political and rapid manner, given that there is no alternative to Iranian gas for the country in the short term, and all countries that supply the country with gas are supplied by ships, while Iranian gas arrives through pipelines, so it is the fastest and most appropriate.” In terms of quality and price.”
On the other hand, Radhi pointed out that “there are memorandums of understanding and contracts with companies in more than one Iraqi governorate regarding solar energy investment and the purchase of energy from neighboring countries, and the government is trying to maintain the electric current for all governorates, even if it is at a rate of 16-18 operating hours per day.”
And he indicated, "The stations that were under maintenance have been completed and entered service, and now supply the national grid with energy, as it was days before the opening of stations and entered the national system."
Rady stressed that “the prime minister has a special interest in the issue of energy, both parts of renewable energy (clean energy), and also with regard to gas and steam stations, energy purchases, and transmission and distribution lines.”
On Saturday, May 13, Iranian Oil Minister Javad Oji announced the extension of two contracts related to his country's gas exports to two power stations in the capital Baghdad and Basra Governorate, based on an agreement between Iran and Iraq.
Iraq relies heavily on Iranian gas imports to feed the electricity grid, as the country generates about 14 thousand megawatts from the local network, in addition to nearly four thousand additional megawatts through importing gas and energy.
Iraq is the main importer of more than 80 percent of Iran's electricity exports over the past few years, according to previous data from the Iranian Ministry of Energy.
Iraq has been suffering from chronic electricity shortages for decades as a result of the blockade and successive wars. Residents have been protesting for many years against the frequent power outages, especially in the summer, when temperatures sometimes reach 50 degrees Celsius.
Iraq is in talks with Gulf countries, led by Saudi Arabia, to import electricity from them by linking its organization with the Gulf system, after it had relied on Iran alone during the past years by importing 1,200 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 by Baghdad to fill the shortage until power stations are built that are able to meet domestic consumption.
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