Jun 18 2012
By Khayoun Saleh
Azzaman, June 18, 2012
Power outages, which today may continue for up to 20 hours a day, will be something of the past by the end of the 2013, according to deputy prime-minister, Husain al-Shahristani.
“This year power output will reach 9,000 megawatts and skyrocket to 20,000 megawatts in 2013,” Shahristani told local reporters.
He added: “The electricity crisis Iraq currently undergoes will be over by the end of next year.”
Shahristani made the remarks as he inaugurated a new power station in the southern city of Diwaniya with a capacity of 400 megawatts.
He said Iraq had 20 major power construction contracts with foreign firms and these are to be completed before 2013.
If all goes according to plan, he said, Iraq might have surplus electricity for exports in 2013.
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