So­ran has half day elec­tric­ity

Res­i­dents com­plain about power short­age

The Kurdish Globe - - NATIONAL -

So­ran and volt­age

drop is­sue

Res­i­dents of all the four mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of So­ran District com­plain about elec­tric­ity short­age, in­creas­ing prices as well as in­creas­ing vi­o­la­tions.

While peo­ple only have 12 hours of elec­tric­ity per day, So­ran’s Elec­tric­ity Distri­bu­tion Di­rec­tor ar­gues if they don’t fol­low their cur­rent sched­ule, al­most half of the peo­ple liv­ing in So­ran would be de­prived from na­tional power sup­ply.

Saeid Ahmed, a res­i­dent of Choman sub-district, north­east of So­ran, says they are suf­fer­ing from low volt­age prob­lem.

“Our elec­tric­ity volt­age is so low that we can only turn on lights and our TV set,” Ahmed told the Kur­dish Globe. “Our air con­di­tioner and fridge were burned. Hence the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties have to solve this volt­age is­sue.”

Faisal Hussien, Elec­tric­ity Distri­bu­tion Di­rec­tor of So­ran’s four mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, says that volt­age drop is­sue is not only in So­ran and its sub-dis­tricts, but also the trans­mis­sion lines be­tween Er­bil and So­ran have the same prob­lem.

“The lines can­not trans­mit this en­tire load es­pe­cially in win­ter sea­son,” Hussien ex­plained in a Globe in­ter­view. “An­other trans­mis­sion line is ex­tended be­tween Er­bil and So­ran, and in the near fu­ture this is­sue will be re­solved.”

Vi­o­la­tions con­tinue in So­ran

Although ef­forts con­tinue by au­thor­i­ties to con­trol the il­le­gal use of elec­tric­ity in So­ran and its sub-dis­tricts, vi­o­la­tions still con­tinue and cause sig­nif­i­cant harm to the elec­tric­ity of the district and its peo­ple.

Hussien, how­ever, ar­gues that the phe­nom­e­non is on the fall as “we have con­cen­trated our ef­forts to end vi­o­la­tions and il­le­gal uses of elec­tric­ity dur­ing the past few months.”

“We have cut elec­tric­ity from many places and house­holds that have con­nected to the na­tional power grid il­le­gally and we have fined some of the vi­o­la­tors.”

Only 12 hours of na­tional elec

tric­ity per hour

Karim Jab­bar, a res­i­dent of So­ran, told the Globe that ev­ery sin­gle day they have elec­tric­ity with a dif­fer­ent sched­ule.

“Some­times, es­pe­cially in the rainy sea­son, our elec­tric­ity is like a traf­fic light, it goes on and off ev­ery minute,” ex­plained Jab­bar. “Some­times we only have 12 hours of elec­tric­ity in a day.”

Hus­sein ex­plains that they have two shifts for power distri­bu­tion.

“From 12:00 am to 12:00 pm, we sup­ply to the cen­ter of the district, and from 12:00 pm to 12:00 am we sup­ply to the sur­round­ing of So­ran and its sub­dis­tricts,” Hussien stated. “The rea­son is that th­ese ar­eas do not have pri­vate backup gen­er­a­tors, and if we don’t do so , half of the peo­ple in the district will be de­prived of na­tional elec­tric­ity sup­ply.”

So­ran Power Distri­bu­tion Di­rec­tor de­scribed his di­rec­torate’s projects for this year as be­ing “strate­gic projects” in­clud­ing ex­tend­ing a 132 MW trans­mis­sion line, a trans­mis­sion line from So­ran to Choman, com­plet­ing the Barzan-Choman trans­mis­sion line, ex­tend­ing an­other line from Ha­reer to So­ran.

Th­ese are in ad­di­tion to es­tab­lish­ing five mo­bile power sta­tions in Seedakan, So­ran and Khal­i­fan along with ex­pand­ing and ren­o­vat­ing some other sta­tions in So­ran plus some other smaller projects.

An ex­te­rior view of a power plant in Kur­dis­tan.

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