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5 April 2022 - 22:52
Minister: Iraq in Need of Iran’s Gas for Years

Iraqi Electricity Minister Adel Karim said that although Iraq has signed agreements with a number of regional states to provide power, the country needs Iran’s gas supplies for years to generate electricity.

Karim said on Monday that the cost of connecting Iraq’s electricity grid to those of the Persian Gulf Arab countries is very high.

He also referred to three agreements with Qatar, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia, saying, however, that Iraq has not yet reached a consensus with the trio, specially the Arab countries, on energy prices.

“We do not agree with their price,” he said, referring to the Persian Gulf Arab states. “The Iranian gas is suitable for Iraq and its price is acceptable. We will need Iranian gas for years,” Karim said.

َAlso, Iraq’s Electricity Ministry Spokesman Ahmad al-Abadi told Lebanon’s al-Ahed news website that the country’s electricity supply has improved in recent months due to the mild weather and the injection of Iranian gas into Iraqi power plants, which has increased from 8 million cubic meters per day to 25 million.

Back in February, the Iranian and Iraqi oil ministers discussed cooperation in the field of energy, including ways to enhance gas exports to Iraq and the repayment of Baghdad’s debt to Tehran.

Iraq is currently heavily dependent on Iran’s energy for its power plants.

It needs more than 35,000 megawatts of electricity a year to meet its domestic needs, but years of war following the 2003 US invasion have left its power infrastructure in tatters.

FNA

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