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Iraq suffering from huge diesel thefts

Year-long investigation exposes massive fuel thefts from tankers

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Massive diesel theft from Iraq's tankers is causing power shortages. (Getty Images)
Massive diesel theft from Iraq's tankers is causing power shortages. (Getty Images)

An official inspector in Iraq has said that large quantities of diesel fuel are stolen on a monthly basis by transportation contractors working with electricity ministry officials, according to a report by AFP.

A year-long investigation has found that in some months, up to 380 tankers of diesel bound for power plants were diverted and the fuel stolen, with Alaa Mohieddin, an inspector general at the ministry, saying: “we are still trying to fugure out the scale of the theft and the exact volumes involved, but this is a very big theft.”

“Very large volumes of the fuel sent by tankers to power stations never make it to their destinations and disappear en-route,” he said, adding: “The theft leads to shortages of about 300 to 400 megawatts of electricity per day.”

Last week Iraq signed a deal with Iran to buy 1.5 million litres of diesel a day to run the country’s Sadr power station, generating around 250 megawatts of power per day.
 

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