Kurdistan Iraq to import electricity from Kurdistan Region

Iraq to import electricity from Kurdistan Region
A power generation owned by one of the private companies in the Kurdistan Region. (Photo: Kurdistan24)

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – Iraq Ministry of Electricity is planning to import power for Mosul and surrounding areas from the Kurdistan Region.

In a visit to Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region, the Iraqi Minister of Electricity Qasim al-Fahdawi met with a private company in the Region to find a mechanism to supply electricity to the liberated areas in Mosul and Nineveh Plain.

According to information obtained by Kurdistan24, Fahdawi has asked the Mass Group Holding to provide 700 megawatts of electricity to the areas agreed upon in liberated areas of Nineveh province and in return the Iraqi government would supply the company with gasoline and cash.

Haji Azad, the Executive Director of the Mass Group Holding, revealed to Kurdistan24 that they already have an agreement with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and if the KRG approves the deal with Baghdad, the company would be able to supply electricity to Mosul.

Due to the financial crisis in the Kurdistan Region, the works of several power stations have been suspended since the KRG was unable to provide gasoline to the company that provide electricity.

Azad said that the company was willing to supply Mosul with electricity to regenerate power in the suspended stations, stating that the company first needed to get the KRG’s approval.

Citizens of the Kurdistan Region complain about the power shortage which was a direct result of the financial crisis.

Pressed by the war with Islamic State group, hosting about 2 million refugees and other economic obstacles, the KRG failed to fully support the power generations to supply 24/7 electricity to the citizens of the Region.

“If we have reached a deal with Baghdad regarding electricity supply to Nineveh areas, the electricity supply rates that are already provided to the people of Kurdistan Region will not be affected,” Azad said.


Editing by Ava Homa

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