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Fuel supply biggest challenge for electricity sector in Region: minister

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Electricity Kamal Mohammad Salih (Photo Credit: Social Media)
2019-12-05

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SULAIMANI — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Electricity Kamal Mohammad Salih said on Thursday (December 5) that the biggest challenge for the electricity sector is lack of fuel.

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, Salih told Turkish state-owned Anadolu Agency.

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

He also suggested that the ministry was working on a privatization plan, but gave few details.

According to Salih, installing smart electricity meters will solve more than 80 percent of the electricity issues in Kurdistan Region and more than 72,000 smart meters have been installed so far.

The KRG plans to transfer 350 Megawatts to Nineveh and 100 Megawatts to Kirkuk “free of charge,” Salih said.

The governorates of Duhok and Sulaimani began installing smart electricity meters in late September in an effort to solve the electricity problem in Kurdistan Region by reducing the load on local stations.

(NRT Digital Media)