Electricity is preparing for winter
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The Ministry of Electricity prepared to receive the winter season through a special plan it prepared that included a number of aspects and procedures. While it indicated taking new measures to conserve wasted energy, it confirmed the trend to convert aerial networks to ground networks and organize distribution in informal and agricultural areas.
The Ministry’s spokesman, Ahmed Al-Abadi, stated in an interview with “Al-Sabah” that “the Ministry has already begun a series of meetings and prior discussions headed by the Minister of Electricity, Ziad Ali Fadel, who directly supervises and holds intensive meetings to outline comprehensive maintenance plans for all of our stations, in preparation for the plan to disconnect “Winter,” indicating that “the starting point for the winter plan has been started.”
He added, "The initial points began with maintenance for winter loads, in addition to rehabilitating stations and assessing their readiness, intensifying the installation of fixed and mobile transformers, and expanding the transportation sector as it is considered one of the most prominent and important sectors."
Moussa stated, “The Ministry is preparing to maintain the electrical networks in an efficient manner, unlike what it was previously, as maintenance was somewhat not at the required level, but currently an agreement has been made with international companies (GE and Siemens) to carry out maintenance work, which will give our stations and generating units their capacity.” “The complete design, which means that there are approximately 1,200 megawatts that will be used by the operating units, and we will extract the energy that was lost from the operating units.”
He pointed out, "We have reached stable production rates during the summer, which are 24 thousand megawatts, and we aspire to add new generating capacities during the winter."
He noted that "a plan and time limit have been set, which is the first of next May of 2024, to be the date of maximum and complete readiness for the production stations for their new season, after the good numbers we achieved last summer," stressing that "there will be an increase in production, and operation that takes into account “It ensures the safe and scientific operation of the system, and the generation units or lines are not disconnected, and thus the region is not exposed to a complete outage.”
He explained, "The Ministry intends to convert some aerial networks to terrestrial ones, in addition to preparing schedules to establish regular distribution networks for slums and agricultural areas."
The Iraqi street has noticed during the recent period the improvement in the supply of electrical energy, especially after the Iraqi-Iranian agreement to swap crude oil for gas.
For his part, a member of the Parliamentary Energy Committee, Kazem Al-Touki, told Al-Sabah: “The committee is following the plan of the Ministry of Electricity for the winter, considering that the loads in the winter are even greater than the loads in the summer.”
Al-Touki continued, “The difference between the loads incurred by the system between summer and winter is the lower temperatures, meaning that the generating stations operate more stably because lower temperatures reduce the basic loads,” and pointed out that “the goal is to provide citizens with the largest amount of electricity hours.” ".
Edited by: Muhammad Al-Ansari
Edited by: Muhammad Al-Ansari
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