The Ministry of Electricity is coordinating with Qatar to provide gas supplies to power stations
Economy News _ Baghdad
Iraq is heading to Qatar to provide gas supplies to electrical stations, after the severe shortage of Iranian gas supplies, which led to a significant decrease in the hours of national electricity supply.
In conjunction with this, the Parliamentary Oil and Energy Committee believes that the government is not seriously investing in domestic gas, instead of the imported one, in supplying electric energy, while the Ministry of Electricity has threatened to resort to the judiciary in the event that some governorates override the national system.
A member of the Parliamentary Oil and Energy Committee, Amjad Al-Oqabi, said in an interview with Al-Sabah newspaper, followed by Al-Iqtisad News, that “the decline in winter processing hours is due to the shortage in supplying Iranian gas to electrical stations, which led to the shutdown of many stations and the loss of 5,000 megawatts, but it can be compensated. This shortage by investing in the gas fields in the country ».
He added, "We have not seriously touched the trend towards domestic gas investment, even with regard to discussions with the Qatari side, so the Ministry of Electricity must find a solution to the problem that cannot be turned a blind eye to."
He pointed out that "the stations are managed by the cadres of the Ministry of Electricity and will not be separated from the national network unless there is an intentional act of sabotage, and the courts will be resorted to in case of violation."
For his part, the spokesman for the Ministry of Electricity, Ahmad Musa Al-Abadi, said, "80 percent of the electric power stations operate with gas, and many of them have been affected by the decline in the Iranian gas release," noting that "the Ministry of Oil has not been able to fill the shortfall completely."
He revealed “serious efforts are being made to rehabilitate and invest in local fields, with discussions with the Qatari side to supply gas.”
Number of observations: 112, date of addendum, 04/03/2021