Loss of 4,000 megawatts

Iraq’s electricity ministry clarifies impact of Iranian gas suspension

The Ministry of Electricity in Iraq disclosed on Friday the loss of 4,000 megawatts in electricity supply due to the suspension of Iranian gas, attributing the cause to maintenance activities in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The Ministry’s Media Office elaborated on the situation and its impact in the following statement:

Over the past year, the Ministry of Electricity has been striving to develop the electricity sector in all its aspects, including production, transmission, and distribution. We achieved unprecedented stability in production, reaching over 25,800 megawatts at the peak of the summer load. The transmission sector witnessed significant expansions with new and rehabilitated lines, especially those damaged by terrorist activities.

Despite these improvements, the recent reduction in gas imports has caused a significant impact. The complete stoppage of gas supply to Baghdad and central regions, along with reduced supply to the southern region, has resulted in the loss of more than 4,000 megawatts. The current gas flow of 10 million cubic meters is inadequate for the needs of our production facilities, causing limitations and reductions in power supply.

The Ministry, in accordance with governmental directives and in coordination with the Ministry of Oil, is working to compensate for the shortfall through alternative fuel sources until the resumption of regular gas flow.

We urge our citizens to understand these challenges, which are beyond the control of the Electricity Ministry. We also hope for their cooperation in managing electrical loads during this period of reduced gas availability and supply constraints.