Ministry of Electricity promises to resolve provision problems before winter

Electricity station in Kurdistan Region. November 11, 2019 (NRT Digital Media)

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SULAIMANI — The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Electricity said on Monday (November 11) that they plan to resolve the Region's electricity problems before winter and have started reorganizing electricity sub-stations to enable them to distribute power supplies more efficiently.

Electricity provision is a persistent problem in the Kurdistan Region, where blackouts are a common occurrence. During periods of greatest demand during winter and summer, the issue is most acute.

Despite repeated government promises, many people still rely on private generators to fill in the daily gaps when government provided electricity fails.

The ministry said that the stations have the ability to detect many of the small-scale transmission issues that occur in the local areas they serve, including by identifying end users that waste significant amounts of power.

Typically, power stations in the Kurdistan Region have the the ability to produce 7,000 megawatts of electricity, but due to a lack of fuel they are currently limited to only 3,500 megawatts, which the ministry aims to resolve soon.

The Ministry of Electricity operates a total of 220 stations in the Kurdistan Region. Of those, 52 are mobile and can be relocated to areas of greater need.

(NRT Digital Media)