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KRG electricity ministry working to increase hours during peak demand: official

2019-10-13

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SULAIMANI — The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Electricity is working to increase the number of hours of electricity it provides to residents across all seasons, but especially during summer and winter, Director of Electricity Control Omid Ahmad said on Sunday (October 13).

Ahmad said that the ministry had a fully-developed plan to do so, but that it required natural gas provided by the KRG Ministry of Natural Resources for any attempt to be successful.

The last of the Region’s power plants switched over to using natural gas in October last year.

“Two electricity stations have the ability to produce 750 megawatts and testing is being done to add them to the national electricity [grid],” Ahmad said.

The KRG is currently able to produce 3,500 megawatts, which is expected to increase to 4,000 megawatts in the future. However, demand can spike to 7,000 megawatts during peak use, forcing people to use generators.

The ministry is also making attempts to repair dysfunctional units, install smart meters, and streamline ministry work.

(NRT Digital Media)