Sta­ble elec­tric­ity sys­tem in three years

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Elec­tric­ity pro­duc­tion in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion reached a record-break­ing level of 3,100 MW, which is the first time in the life­time of the Min­istry of Elec­tric­ity of Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment (KRG).

Although ex­perts ar­gue that this amount of elec­tric­ity should be enough to lit the whole re­gion, this is still not a real­ity, which is mainly be­lieved to be due to huge amount of elec­tric­ity waste by all types of con­sumers through­out the re­gion.

When peo­ple talk about mis­use or waste of elec­tric­ity, they im­me­di­ately talk about heat­ing and cool­ing de­vices, which def­i­nitely con­sume a lot of power; but if one counts these de­vises as nec­es­sary, then there are other sources of waste by many un­nec­es­sary de­vices such as keep­ing lights open dur­ing day­time or in unused rooms.

All this waste leads to con­tin­u­ous in­crease in con­sump­tion, which is forc­ing the KRG to think of in­creas­ing pro­duc­tion ev­ery year.

KRG has signed sev­eral agree­ments with a num­ber of in­vest­ment com­pa­nies to es­tab­lish new power plants or boost the ca­pac­ity of ex­ist­ing plants in all three prov­inces of the Re­gion. Many projects are cur­rently under im­ple­men- tation and are ex­pected to add to the power pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity of Kur­dis­tan in the near fu­ture, by which the min­istry will be able to sup­ply 24 hours of elec­tric­ity to the en­tire re­gion’s pop­u­la­tion.

Elec­tric­ity au­thor­i­ties urge peo­ple to save elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion through sim­ple ways such as turn­ing lights on only when and where nec­es­sary.

They be­lieve that do­ing so would not only re­duce con­sump­tion but also re­duce load on the power dis­tri­bu­tion net­works, which are al­ready very old and some­times cause in­ter­rup­tion of power sup­ply, some­thing which harms the peo­ple them­selves.

Lack of aware­ness

and low prices

Ex­perts ar­gue that one of the fac­tors behind the mis­use of elec­tric­ity in Kur­dis­tan is lack of the peo­ple’s aware­ness and the low prices of elec­tric­ity.

The Min­istry has thought of re­vis­ing the pric­ing of elec­tric­ity in a way that can cre­ate a bal­ance be­tween con­sump­tion and cost of pro­duc­tion.

Diar Ba­ban, Di­rec­tor of Elec­tric­ity Con­trol and Pro­duc­tion at the min­istry, how­ever, says the de­ci­sion to in­crease prices is not in the hands of the min­istry, but rather it should come from the min­is­te­rial coun­cil, and it may also call for a dis­cus­sion and vot­ing by the par­lia­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Ba­ban, his min­istry has sub­mit­ted sev­eral re­quested to the min­is­te­rial coun­cil for in­creas­ing elec­tric­ity prices, with no re­sults to date.

Min­istry’s au­thor­i­ties also sug­gest that elec­tric­ity sav­ing guide­lines and aware­ness rais­ing is­sues be stud­ied at the schools to im­pact stu­dents and even­tu­ally their fam­i­lies.

In­creas­ing de­mand in sum­mer and Ra­madan

Since the be­gin­ning of the hot sea­son and Ra­madan the power con­sump­tion has dra­mat­i­cally in­creased in all parts of Kur­dis­tan.

En­gi­neer Omed Ahmed, Di­rec­tor of Re­gion’s Pow- er Con­trol, says since the be­gin­ning of Ra­madan con­sump­tion has in­creased by 150 to 200 MW in each prov­ince.

“Any­where in the world, the load on power sta­tions can­not change by more than 6 to 7%, while the load on our power sta­tions has passed 15%,” Ahmed told the Kur­dish Globe.

Sta­bi­liz­ing power sys­tem

In­for­ma­tion available at the elec­tric­ity min­istry sug­gests that by 2016 Kur­dis­tan Re­gion would be pro­duc­ing 6,000 MW, and will also have a more sta­ble elec­tric­ity pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tem. Another plan is to con­nect Kur­dis­tan elec­tric­ity net­works to that of other coun­tries.

A view of the Erbil Gas Power Sta­tion.

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