Oct 1 2013
By Israa al-Qaisi
Azzaman, October 1, 2013
The Ministry of Electricity has made yet another vow to put an end to power outages in the country.
“The electricity crisis will completely disappear within two months as generating capacity is on its way to reach 13,000 megawatts,” according to the ministry’s spokesperson Musaib al-Mudaris.
Earlier promises by the ministry that the crisis was coming to end did not materialize.
But Mudaris urged the Iraqis to take his comments seriously, saying 2,300 megawatts will soon be added to the national grid and that the generating capacity will shoot to 20,000 megawatts by the end of 2014.
He said supply from the national grid is now the highest in the years since the 2003-U.S. invasion with Iraqis in major cities enjoying up to 20 hours a day of uninterrupted electrical current.
However, he said there were two problems which the ministry wanted to see solved so that the country will not again plunge into darkness.
Mudaris said the Electricity Ministry wanted a promise from the Ministry of Oil that it will provide sufficient fuel to keep power plants running.
Consumers, he said, should stop encroaching on power lines inside and outside urban centers.
Illegally connecting to the national grid leads to the loss of up to 30 percent of the generating capacity, he said.
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