AKnews reports that 400 electrical generators have been imported from Iran.
Salam Arab, the director of the customs department at Haji Omaran (pictured) , told AKnews that since the beginning of 2010 some 400 full-size electricity generators have been imported into the Region.
He added most electronic equipments are imported from Iran, not Turkey, because the tariffs are lower at the border with Iran.
Diar Baban, the Region's power generating director, said it is the private sector which has mainly imported the generators. "We have imported generators from Turkey and Italy, not only Iran, all through tenders."
The official reiterated that his ministry has not signed contracts with any specific country for importing generators, adding "even the generators imported by the private sector should satisfy the standards [required] by the ministry."
Kurdistan's power generating capacity is estimated at 750 megawatt. The government cannot provide round the clock electricity for the citizens, who depend on their own generators, or generator in their local neighborhoods.