Iran Exports 1.5 Million Litres of Fuel a Day to Iraq

Iran has agreed to ship 1.5 million liters of fuel to breathe life into some Iraqi power plants made idle due to fuel shortages.

The agreement was struck during a visit by a high level Iraqi delegation to Tehran, a statement by the Ministry of Electricity said.

The agreement comes as power outages have worsened recently with major cities and provinces going without electricity for up to 20 hours a day.

All promises of regularizing power supply have come to nothing.

Billions of dollars have been poured into the sector, but supply has yet to reach what was available prior to the 2003-U.S. invasion.

How much the Iranians are going to reap from their fuel shipments to Iraq is not known but Tehran expects the value of its Iraq-bound exports to hit $8 billion this year.

The ministry blames fuel shortages, maintenance and lack of security for the outages.

The statement said power output could reach 8 500 megawatts. It is far beyond the pre-war level, but the ministry is known to have rarely met its own predictions.

( Azzaman )

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