The KRG pro­duces 22 hours of elec­tric­ity

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The Min­istry of Elec­tric­ity of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment re­cently an­nounced that it can now pro­duce ap­prox­i­mately 22 hours of elec­tric­ity per day, thanks to in­creased gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity in the au­ton­o­mous Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and in­creas­ing wa­ter level in its hy­dro­elec­tric dams. At the same time, Min­istry em­ploy­ees have called for an in­creased risk al­lowance.

In the past, a lack of elec­tric­ity hours was con­sid­ered one of the ma­jor prob­lems fac­ing the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. How­ever, the KRG has worked hard to re­solve the prob­lem, de­cid­ing to build two huge power plants, one with a 750 MW ca­pac­ity in the Cham­chamal dis­trict, Su­laimani, the other in the prov­ince of Er­bil.

At a re­cent press con­fer­ence, the KRG’s Min­is­ter for Elec­tric­ity, Yasin Abu- Bakir, an­nounced that its elec­tric­ity pro­duc­tion will in­crease to 22 hours per day this sum­mer.

He added that the govern­ment is striv­ing still to fur­ther in­crease its elec­tri­cal ca­pac­ity.

“Kur­dis­tan’s power gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity has jumped to 2, 425 MW,” Min­is­ter Abu-Bakir said.

As the sum­mer ap­proaches, the de­mand for elec­tric­ity rises. The min­is­ter re­vealed that his Min­istry is ex­pect­ing de­mand to in­crease to up to 2, 700 or even 2, 750 MW.

Many peo­ple be­lieve that pri­vate power gen­er­a­tors will re­main nec­es­sary. Even though the Re­gion’s pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity rises year af­ter year, peo­ple are still con­cerned about tech­ni­cal er­rors, which are still a fre­quent oc­cur­rence.

At the con­fer­ence, Abu- Bakir said that the min­istry is pre­par­ing a timetable al­low­ing gen­er­a­tor own­ers to co­op­er­ate with the lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion to pro­vide elec­tric­ity when­ever the grid cuts out.

Elec­tric­ity debts

The Min­istry also crit­i­cized those peo­ple and gov­ern­men­tal in­sti­tu­tions that do not pay their elec­tric­ity bills.

“Gov­ern­men­tal de­part­ments are not be­lieved to owe in the re­gion of IQD 109 bil­lion, while the debt owed by pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als has now reached around IQD 85 bil­lion.”

The Min­is­ter stressed that the Min­istry will never can­cel those debts, and that in­stall­ment plans are avail­able for debtors.

De­mands to in­crease risk

al­lowance

The Min­istry’s em­ploy­ees call upon the KRG to in­crease their risk al­lowance, see­ing as the Iraqi fed­eral govern­ment has in­creased the al­lowance given to all Iraqi em­ploy­ees, save those em­ployed in the KRG, by up to 75%.

Abu-Bakir said the min­istry has formed a com­mit­tee to look into the is­sue with the KRG’s Coun­cil of Min­is­ters.

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