Jul 10 2012
By Shaymaa Adel
Azzaman, July 10, 2012
The fighting in Syria which has polarized the Arab and Muslim world is having an adverse impact on electricity supplies in Iraq.
A row has erupted between the pre-dominantly Sunni Province of Nineveh and the Shiite-controlled central government in Baghdad over whether Iranian shipments of electricity to Syria can pass through Iraqi territory.
Under a new agreement to import Iranian electricity, Iraq is obliged to permit Iranian power shipments of 40 megawatts to reach Syria via its national grid.
But the Governor of Nineveh Province Atheel al-Najafi says he will not allow the 40 megawatts Iran wants to ship to Syria to pass through his province, the only route available to make the deal possible.
Najafi says shipping electricity to Syria “runs contrary to the viewpoints of Nineveh residents vis-à-vis the struggle of the regime in Syria with its own people” and therefore he will not permit his province to be used as a passage for the electrical shipments.
The Ministry of Electricity says the Governor of Nineveh Province, of which the northern city of Mosul is the capital, has no jurisdiction on the issue and no right to halt the transfer of Iranian power to Syria.
According to the ministry’s spokesman Musaib al-Mudarisi Iran supplies Iraq with 1200 megawatts of electricity and the deal calls for shipping 40 megawatts of it to Syria.
“Iraq is a passage for Iranian electricity to Syria and the supplies will not go to Syrian cities but to the villages and the countryside close to Iraqi borders,” Mudarisi said.
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