Soran has half day electricity
Residents complain about power shortage
Soran and voltage
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.