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Electricity generation decreases after disruptions in 3 Erbil’s plants

  2021-06-20  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Soran 132 KV power plant in a file photo, Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, June 17,2021. Photo of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Electricity
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Electricity generation has declined by 400 megawatts to 3000 megawatts after three gas-fired power plants were out of order in Erbil governorates, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Electricity said on Sunday (June 20).

“In the past few days, the amount of electricity generation has lessened from 3400 megawatts to 3000 after drop in natural gas pressure at Khurmala Gas-Fired Power Plant and two other gas stations broke down in Erbil due to technical problems,” the ministry said in a statement.

Demand on the electricity consumption has climbed by 600 megawatts, read the statement, noting “the demand on electricity was 3800 megawatts from the outset of June, but the demand has skyrocketed to 4400 megawatts with the risking temperatures.”

The electricity ministry promised to improve services soon after repairing the broke-down power stations, as it called on people to avoid using extra electricity. “Especially 52 percent subscribers that have not installed smart meters as of yet.”

Power cuts are a persistent problem in the Kurdistan Region in spite of promises by the authorities to resolve the issue. 

The demands are on the rise during winter and summer as people use electricity to heat or cool themselves.

The government has permitted private generators to fill the shortcomings, doubling peoples’ fees.

(Zhyan English)