Ministry of Electricity Confirms that the Summer of 2009 Will be Different than Previous Ones

VP Tariq Al-Hashimi visit to the Ministry of Electricity offices in Baghdad

VP Tariq Al-Hashimi visit to the Ministry of Electricity offices in Baghdad

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The Iraqi Ministry of Electricity said that the summer of 2009 will be different than previous ones, particularly given the increase in electric power production. Vice-President Tariq Al-Hashimi said that the ministry is part of the national system and is in need of strategic plans that achieve results and save time for Iraqis.

This took place during a visit by Vice-President Tariq Al-Hashimi to the electricity ministry headquarters, as he continued following up on humanitarian, services and human rights issues in the country.

The problems and obstacles the ministry faces were discussed at the meeting, as were issues related to energy production, generation, financing and government allocations for the ministry.

In a joint press conference with the electricity minister, Al-Hashimi said, "As part of my repeated series of meetings with the minister of electricity, we have been and are still seeking an effective solution to the issue of electric power in the country and have discussed future possibilities that help us move beyond the current bottleneck." He added, "Without growth in the electricity sector, all other economic sectors will remain unsettled."

"Iraq must make up for the opportunities for progress and development it has missed,” he added. “The classic solutions will not be beneficial and will not lead to the expected results. We look forward to strategic plans that achieve results and save time for Iraqis.”

Al-Hashimi listened to proposals and viewpoints from the ministry's general directors, most of which related to issues of production, distribution and financing. He promised to discuss them at the presidency council.

Following this, Al-Hashimi walked around the ministry of electricity building and met with various employees. He stated his commitment to work with other parties in order to follow up on the ministry's most pressing issues and help it carry out its programs.

Al-Hashimi invited the minister of electricity to attend the fifth session of the presidential economic commissions, which Al-Hashimi chairs and which will be held prior to the first annual economic conference in Baghdad. The session, in coordination with the ministries of oil, finance and trade, focuses on discussing the most important projects. The economic conference is expected to take place early next month, and will go over economic, financial and energy issues. Al-Hashimi emphasized that electricity needs to be a complementary part of the national economic system.

At the same time, Iraq's Minister of Electricity Karim Wahid called on Turkish Energy Minister Hilmi Guler to attend the quartet meeting that will be held in Baghdad next Thursday and will bring together the energy ministers of Turkey, Iran, Syria and Iraq. He explained that Turkish companies are extremely important in building new gas power plants.

There is no doubt that the notable security improvements may help raise the level of services and provide the adequate environment to rebuild destroyed facilities and infrastructure. In addition, the electricity ministry has launched a major investment campaign focused on energy issues. Collaborating with the ministry on this campaign will be American company General Electric, which specializes in the production of electrical energy, and German company Siemens. Both companies are expected to begin work following completion of the surveys and selection of the sites where the two additional energy production plants will be built, yielding 7,500 megawatts, which will lead to self-sufficiency and an end to the current shortages.

Current capacity lies somewhere between 5,750 and 6,000 megawatts. This number is expected to rise by mid-March, once the units at the Al-Quds thermal power plant, near Baghdad, are completed.

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    2009-2-18

    We are the ministry contractors. When will we become permanent staff?

  • 2009-2-18

    We in the governorate of Ninewa do not see any truth in the claim that the electricity sector is improving. We still lack electricity for more than twenty hours a day, unlike neighboring governorates, like Kirkuk, for example. In Kirkuk, the power outages last no more than three hours a day. This is all due to sectarianism. The official controlling our power supply here is Ali Rauf, a Kurd. His assistant engineer is a man named Nahla, a Turkman. The former is loyal to Kurdistan and the later to Kirkuk. Neither cares a bit about Ninewa.

  • 2009-2-18

    By God, he couldn’t have said what he likes.

  • 2009-2-18

    In the name of God the Compassionate, the Merciful. We had enough of those statements and we cant take more of this. He said in the summer of 2009 and we dont have much longer to go, and this statement will be included with the other false statements. I would like to ask Mr. Al-Hashimi, what did he base this statement on, or was it just a visit as any other official. Can Mr. Minister tell me how many new stations have been built and with how many megawatts? How many megawatts have been added so the summer of 2009 will be the best or maybe the worst? I do not know on what they depend for these statements. Maybe the distribution. OK improving the distribution is no problem, but what are you distributing the old or the new? Are you taking from the provinces to Baghdad as the security situation has stabilized somewhat, so the statement will be correct? You will take some share from the provinces to Baghdad, that is good. Tell us where you built power stations in the last 5 or 6 years, you have been stealing money left and right. We have the right to ask, did you have enough so you could now build power stations? By God, some stations with a large capacity don't take that long, no more than two years to build, so it will help you and get you out of the bottle neck. We are still waiting for you to have enough stolen items, and then you could start building. God will provide.