By John Lee.
The Ministry of Electricity’s 2013 budget has soared to $14 billion to help it end power outages in the country, reports Azzaman.
But the ministry’s spokesperson Musaib Mudaris said the blackouts will continue until the end of the year, by which time output will reach 13,000 megawatts, enough to meet the country’s domestic needs.
Mudaris said half of this year’s allocations were invested in power plants and enhancement of the national grid.
The ministry’s operating costs amount to $7 billion a year, he added.
Mudaris also revealed that Electricity Ministry’s budget in the years from 2003-2012 had amounted to $37 billion.
Currently, he said, Iraq’s combined power output was in the range of 11,000 megawatts, still short of the country’s total needs, estimated at 13,000 megawatts.
However, many in Iraq doubt whether the ministry will be able to put an end to outages any time soon, given the precarious security situation and the dramatic increases in demand due to improved living standards.
However, Mudaris insisted that the country to be able to produce up to 20,000 megawatts by the end of 2014.