Baghdad province to supply residential areas with 350 generators

An electrician works on the switchboard of a local generator in Baghdad [Saad Shalash / Reuters].

An electrician works on the switchboard of a local generator in Baghdad [Saad Shalash / Reuters].

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The local government in Baghdad province will distribute 350 electric generators of various production capacities to a number of residential neighborhoods in the capital to provide more energy during the summer, officials announced Monday (April 18th).

The generator capacities range from 250 to 500 kilowatts, and will provide a total of 90 megawatts of electricity during the national grid's cutoff hours, ensuring a continued supply of electricity.

"The generators will be distributed in the next few days to a number of residential neighborhoods that lack government-owned generators in the areas of Abu Ghraib, al-Tarmiya and Sadr City, as well as other neighborhoods on both the al-Karkh and al-Rasafa sides," Baghdad Governor Salah Abdul Razzaq told Mawtani.

Abdul Razzaq said the province would deliver these generators to contractors in these areas with several instructions and stipulations, including a minimum number of 150 resident subscribers per generator and a maximum rate of 7,000 dinars per ampere.

"The contractors will be bound to supply citizens with eight hours of electricity a day," he said. "If the contractor or person in charge of the generator violates these rules, they will be legally accountable and their licenses will be withdrawn."

Earlier this year, the province signed a contract with the Ministry of Industry to supply it with the new generators from England and Germany in deals worth about 20 billion dinars.

During the last two years, the local government in the province has supplied a number of residential areas, government institutions and departments, schools and hospitals with 1,918 generators with capacities ranging between 250 and 500 KW. These generators provided a total capacity of about 300 MW.

"Providing these generators is a contribution from the province to alleviate the financial burdens on citizens who subscribe to these generators," Abdul Razzaq said. "This is in addition to meeting a part of the need for electricity, especially with the approach of summer and its high temperatures."

Ghaleb al-Zamli, vice-chairman of the energy committee in the Baghdad Provincial Council, said the council formed a joint committee with the province last week to handle the distribution of the 350 generators to residential neighborhoods in coordination with heads of municipalities and directors of districts and sub-districts.

"Priority in distribution will be given to areas deprived of government generators," al-Zamli told Mawtani.

The provincial council decided to work with the state-owned Oil Products Distribution Company to increase the quantity of fuel supplied to the roughly 7,000 government-owned and private generators in Baghdad. The quantity distributed has increased from 15 liters of gas per KW per day to 20 liters.

"We intend in the near future to increase this quantity to 30 liters to increase the operation hours of generators to 12 hours a day," al-Zamli said. "We will bind the contractors of government generators and owners of private generators to comply with this program and the supplementary hours."

Baghdad residents said the new generators would help citizens save money.

"I welcome the province's initiative, and I call upon it to provide more of these electricity generators in all residential areas," said Karrar al-Saadi, 45, a resident of al-Habibiya. "Many people complain of non-compliance of some owners of private generators with the supply hours and of the high rates paid per ampere, which are a burden on their incomes."

Hameed Ghaidan, 33, a resident of al-Shaab area, said the new generators are necessary since some neighborhoods in Baghdad have no generators at all.

"Therefore, citizens resort to home generators to compensate for this lack of national electricity," he said. "These government generators will help us do away with our home generators and help us save a lot of money that we spend on buying fuel for them."

Aziz Mohammed, 31, a resident of al-Sidiyah, said the benefits of these generators would not just provide electricity, but would also create new jobs.

"Each generator will need a contractor, an operator and a guard," he said. "This means that 1,050 job opportunities will be created. The bigger the number of these generators, the more job opportunities are created."

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    2012-5-23

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