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Kirkuk reconnects to national grid following row

Kirkuk and Baghdad agree on increasing power quota although inadequate

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Iraq's Kirkuk province is rich in oil and gas but struggles to provide 24-hour electricity.
Iraq's Kirkuk province is rich in oil and gas but struggles to provide 24-hour electricity.

Iraq's Kirkuk province resumed power supplies to the national grid on Friday after reaching a deal with central government that ended a dispute over electricity provision, according to an AFP report.

The oil-rich northern province which struggles to provide 24-hour electricity decided to stop supplying power to the country’s grid network on Tuesday.

The action prompted Iraq’s electricity ministry officials on Thursday to increase Kirkuk’s quota by 50% which is falls far short of the province’s requirements.

"Kirkuk has reached an agreement with the ministry of electricity to reconnect the power stations in the province, and increase the province's share from 170 megawatts to 250 megawatts," Kirkuk governor Abdulrahman Mustafa said at a news conference on Thursday evening, AFP said.

He added that the work to reconnect the power stations was now complete.

The news agency quoted Mustafa as saying that the province requires nearly 900 megawatts of power to supply its residential and commercial consumers.

It also quote Mohammed Khalil al-Juburi, the Kirkuk provincial council member in charge of electricity issues, as saying that the deal also guarantees a further allocation of 90 megawatts at the height of summer in August.

Kirkuk's three power stations produce about 500 megawatts of electricity, with the majority of that sent to Baghdad, Salaheddin and Dohuk provinces.

Iraq as a whole suffers from daily power outages, a result of years of war and sanctions that have let much of its infrastructure run into disrepair and neglect.

Overall demand totals around 15,000 megawatts, whilst the current supply can be anything between 7,000 megawatts - 6,000 megawatts produced locally, with another 1,000 megawatts imported.

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