Iraqi PM checks Electricity Ministry’s preparations for next summer

Iraqi PM checks Electricity Ministry’s preparations for next summer

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani paid a visit to the Ministry of Electricity’s headquarters in Baghdad on Wednesday to assess its preparations for the forthcoming summer.

The Iraqi Ministry of power said in January that power supply will increase to 20 hours per day in 2023, up from 13 hours in 2022, using gas supplies from Iraqi fields to create energy.

The ministry’s representative also stated that several power facilities, notably in southern Iraq, run on fuel generated in Iraq.

Iraq is primarily reliant on gas imports from Iran, but has lately invested in a number of projects to begin using flared gas and renewable energy to create power.

Iraq relies heavily on gas supplies from Iran to generate energy. However, US sanctions on Iran make it impossible for Baghdad to pay for the Iranian gas.

Iraq experiences frequent power outages that can last up to 10 hours, but matters deteriorate during the hot summer when temperatures top 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit).

The major cause of Iraq’s frequent power outages is deteriorating infrastructure, which has not been rebuilt in decades owing to warfare, corruption, and mismanagement.