Lack of Water Could Shut Thermal and Hydro Power Plants

Low water levels from the Tigris and Euphrates rivers may force Iraq to shut down its thermal and hydro power plants, a government spokesman said.

The spokesman, refusing to be named, said the volume of water reaching Iraq from the two rivers, which originate in Turkey, had fallen to unprecedented levels and may eventually not be enough to run such plants.

He said the Ministry of Planning was seriously considering the situation which will eventually lead to the elimination of thousands of megawatts which these power stations produce.

Iraq still relies heavily on its thermal and hydro electrical plants which currently produce most of its output.

The spokesman said the ministry of planning has decided not to built any such plants in Iraq in the future.

“We shall rely solely on gas-turbines which use much less water,” the spokesman said.

Iraq currently produces up to 1,600 megawatts from its thermal plants such as Musayyab, Nasiriya and Tajji.

Hydro plants built on dams regulating the flow of the Euphrates and Tigris have a capacity of up to 700 megawatts.

The exclusion of 2,300 megawatts will be yet another blow to the country’s rickety power grid.

Iraq still suffers from outages that may last up to 20 hours in major cities.

( Azzaman )

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