Kur­dis­tan will pro­duce ad­e­quate elec­tric­ity in 2016

Elec­tric­ity pro­duc­tion has been raised six times since 2007

The Kurdish Globe - - EDITORIAL - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

Dur­ing the past years, Kur­dis­tan's Min­istry of Elec­tric­ity has tried hard to at­tract the at­ten­tion of the in­ter­na­tional, re­gional and lo­cal in­dus­trial com­pa­nies in or­der to in­vest their cap­i­tals in the sec­tor of elec­tric­ity. Thus far, the min­istry has brought about $1 bil­lion for­eign cap­i­tal into the semi-au­tonomous Kur­dis­tan Re­gion to de­velop elec­tric­ity pro­duc­tion. The min­istry is plan­ning to change the name of the min­istry from (Min­istry of Elec­tric­ity) to (Min­istry of En­ergy) as well.

Min­is­ter of Elec­tric­ity Abu-Bakir Yasin has re­cently said that year af­ter year the to­tal av­er­age of elec­tric­ity pro­duc­tion rises, so that it means peo­ple need more elec­tric­ity. He also said: "We are now able to pro­duce more than 2,700 MGW in Kur­dis­tan. The to­tal av­er­age of the elec­tric­ity dis­trib­uted in 2012 reached 1, 835 MGW, and it is al­most six times more than 2007 when the min­istry was able to pro­duce only 482 MGW."

Due to swift devel­op­ment of cities and towns and im­mi­gra­tion of vil­lagers to the huge cities and also build­ing numer­ous hous­ing projects in Kur­dis­tan, the min­istry should try to raise its pro­duc­tion. "There is a huge de­mand of elec­tric­ity in the re­gion due to in­creas­ing the pop­u­la­tion of the cities. The min­istry is now plan­ning to rise the elec­tric­ity pro­duc­tion to 6, 000 MGW in 2016," the min­is­ter said.

'New power plants'

In an in­no­va­tive step the min­istry has signed a con­tract to build a steam power plant, which is the first of its kind in Kur­dis­tan. It will be able to pro­duce al­most 300 MGW. There are also more new power plants which are un­der de­sign such as two power plants in the cities of Qal­adzi and Harir, each of them can pro­duce 200 MGW.

The min­istry is also try­ing to use nat­u­ral re­sources in the aim of pro­duc­ing more elec­tric­ity. With co­op­er­a­tion of Ja­panese, it is go­ing to build a hy­dropower plant in the city of

Di­ralook.

'Pub­lic sec­tor sup­ports

for pri­vate sec­tor'

The min­is­ter Yasin said that the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Government (KRG) has so far sup­ported pri­vate sec­tor com­pa­nies and gave them long-term loans in or­der to im­prove the elec­tric­ity pro­duc­tion. He also clar­i­fied that the min­istry has so far sup­ported pri­vate com­pa­nies and said: "Sup­port­ing and de­vel­op­ing pri­vate sec­tor is an in­ter­na­tional stan­dard and any success in that sec­tor will be a great achieve­ment for the min- istry. In fact, the min­istry con­trols the sys­tem of pro­duc­ing elec­tric­ity and distri­bu­tion as well as pur­chas­ing fuel for op­er­at­ing the power plants, so that we in­vest mil­lions of dol­lars to de­velop elec­tric­ity lines, power plants and pro­vid­ing mo­bile power plants."

'The KRG's elec­tric­ity for the Kur­dish cities within dis­puted ar­eas'

The KRG's Min­istry of Elec­tric­ity planned to pro­vide elec­tric­ity for the Kur­dish cities, which are sit­u­ated in the po­lit­i­cal dis­puted ar­eas, as a na­tional mis­sion. On June 2011, the min­istry could pro­vide 200 MGW for the province of Kirkuk as well as pro­vid­ing 50 MGW for Mo­sul.

It has so far pro­vided elec­tric­ity for the city of Makhmoor and al­most 152 sur­rounded vil­lages and rais­ing elec­tric­ity hours from (4-6) in the cities of Khanaqin and Shekhan to al­most (16)

hours per day.

'Re­build­ing elec­tric­ity

in­fra­struc­ture'

Dur­ing Sad­dam's rul­ing al­most all of the Kur­dish vil­lages were ru­ined by his regime which was es­ti­mated to be around 4, 500 vil­lages. Af­ter tak­ing con­trol of the three Kur­dish prov­inces of Er­bil, Su­laimaniyah and Duhok, in 1991, it was not an easy mis­sion to build all the in­fra­struc­tures of Kur­dis­tan.

The min­istry has so far pro­vided elec­tric­ity for more than 800 vil­lages in Duhok province as well as pro­vid­ing elec­tric­ity for 1115 vil­lages in the city of Er­bil. There are 59 vil­lages in Er­bil province which the min­istry has pro­vided them with power gen­er­a­tor. In re­gards to Su­laimaniyah province, the min­istry has pro­vided elec­tric­ity to more than 1300 vil­lages.

A view of the Er­bil Gas-fired Power Plant.

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