An oil expert explains the benefits of Iraq becoming self-sufficient in gas
550 economies 2020/12/01 19:18
Baghdad Today - Follow-up
The oil expert, Hamza Al-Jawahry, spoke about the benefits of reaching self-sufficiency in gas in Iraq, while noting that Iraqi gas may block the production of electric power in the event of expansion in its projects.
Hamza Al-Jawahiri said, in a televised interview that she followed (Baghdad Today), that "reaching self-sufficiency in gas was supposed to start since 2011, and this time it seems different with the determination of the government of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi to start such projects."
Al-Jawahiri added, "There are those who tamper with the files of oil and electricity, especially gas, and the state must have sufficient power to deter those who tamper with this wealth and disrupt its exploitation."
The oil expert pointed out that "development in the economic sectors in industry and agriculture all need gas, and Iraqi gas may block the production of electric power in the event of expansion in the shadow of a strong state."
And the Ministry of Oil announced, earlier, that Iraq will witness the beginning of 2023 the end of the burning gas process, while it confirmed work to complete its investment projects.
"The ministry has an integrated plan to provide gas to fuel stations, by investing in gas associated with oil production and gas fields," said Undersecretary Hamid Al-Zobaei, in a press statement.
He added, "The quantities of invested gas now that reach 60 percent, amounting to 1500 million standard cubic feet per day, are prepared for power stations in a stable and steady manner."
"In 2022 and the beginning of 2023, projects that will end the burning gas file will be completed, and at the same time an amount of 1,200 will be added to be invested in electric power stations," Al-Zobaie said.
According to a report issued by the World Bank, Iraq is ranked second in the world for the fourth consecutive year among the top burning countries of natural gas.
Reports indicate that "Iraq in 2016 burned a total of 17.73 billion cubic meters of gas, then increased in 2019 to 17.91 billion cubic meters of gas being burned in the air."