40% production deficit
Siemens to conduct study on Iraq’s electricity sector
BAGHDAD, 22 January – Muhannad Al-Saffar, the director of Siemens in Iraq, announced on Monday that the company is conducting a comprehensive study of the country’s electricity situation. He pointed out a significant shortfall in power production, amounting to 40% of the actual need.
In a statement , Al-Saffar said, “Siemens is about to start an extensive study of the national grid, which will contribute to accurately assessing weaknesses and diagnosing problems. The findings will be presented to the Ministry of Electricity to aid in planning future projects.”
This study is part of the agreement between Siemens and the Ministry of Electricity, witnessed by Prime Minister Mohammed Al-Sudani in Berlin in January 2023. It will encompass all regions of Iraq and all sectors, given the current production shortfall of around 40%. The transport sector particularly needs additional transmission lines and high-voltage stations.
Implementing electronic billing is a top requirement and is included in the study to be submitted to the Ministry of Electricity. Siemens is fully prepared to implement the recommendations in the study if parts of the projects are assigned to the company.
Siemens has completed several projects in 2023 that have contributed to improving the energy situation and the network. This includes cooling systems that added over 800 megawatts to the national grid, inaugurated by Prime Minister Mohammed Al-Sudani and the Minister of Electricity in mid-June 2023. Siemens also completed secondary stations in West Mosul and Al-Hamadiyah in Anbar province, along with 13 secondary stations in central and southern Iraq.
These stations have entered service, contributing to the advancement of the electrical network, improving power supply in these areas, and reducing energy transmission losses.