KRG transfers part of its electricity to Kirkuk, Mosul: minister

Kurdistan Regional Government Minister of Electricity speaks during a session of Kurdistan Parliament, Erbil, December 10, 2019.

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SULAIMANI — As local residents grapple with electricity provision problems, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Electricity Kamal Salih noted on Tuesday (December 10) that a portion of the electricity generated by stations in the Region is currently being transferred to Kirkuk and Mosul.

Salih made the remarks during a session of the Kurdistan Parliament where lawmakers debated how to better provide reliable electricity to their constituents.

The Kurdistan Region needs an additional 1,000 Megawatts of electricity to meet the demands of people, which would cost $147 million, Salih said.

On December 5, Salih said that the KRG was planning to transfer 350 Megawatts to Nineveh and 100 Megawatts to Kirkuk “free of charge” to help fill provision gaps in those areas.

Blackouts and electricity shortages are frequent in the Kurdistan Region, especially during high-demand periods in the summer and winter. Poor public services remain a significant burned on residents, who must resort to costly private generators when government power fails, as it frequently does during the day.

The Kurdistan Region has fourteen power stations, which can produce 6,737 Megawatts, but the amount of electricity generated in the Kurdistan Region in 2019 was only 3,155 Megawatts because of a lack of fuel, according to the minister.

Twelve stations, which each have the capacity to produce 125 Megawatts are now closed, which means that around 1,500 Megawatts are not being generated.

(NRT Digital Media)