political| 07:04 – 03/07/2021
Yes Baghdad – Mawazine News,
Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi held an emergency meeting with the governors, in the presence of the Electricity Processing Crisis Cell.
Al-Kazemi said during the meeting: “Two days ago, there were interruptions and interruptions greater than the known rate in electrical power systems, and I will not talk about the immediate reasons for everything that happened, because I formed a special investigative committee to get answers to questions asked by citizens, who is targeting power transmission networks today? And why? Are we facing sabotage operations of a political or terrorist nature? We will answer all of this when the investigation is completed. In this regard, the Ministry of Interior has directed to raise the level of protection for power stations and transportation networks.”
He added, “Some brothers blame me when I say that this government is paying the price for wrong, prosthetic policies and wasting money for 17 years in all fields, especially energy. From the anger of the Iraqi street, and the truth is that everyone bears this responsibility from governments and politicians.”
He continued, “I wonder why the electrical connection decisions were not taken with neighboring countries and the countries of the world for 17 years? We found that the country is only connected to a network with the Islamic Republic of Iran, which did not fall short according to its ability, as it also has entitlements to its people, and there is the file of electricity debts and US sanctions decisions And we are serious about solving this issue to deliver all the money owed by Iraq to neighboring Iran as a result of importing gas and electricity for the previous years, and we will make progress in this field.”
And he went on: “Why is Iraq at a critical angle in the face of the entitlements of its people? We issued decisions a year ago and until today to connect Iraq’s electrical system with all neighboring countries, and this matter will require time and patience to complete electrical interconnection systems with our brothers and neighbors, so that we can face energy challenges together, as the normal situation is In various parts of the world, the power grids are connected with the neighbors, but we wonder who decided to isolate Iraq and prevent the electrical connection?
He pointed out, “The decision-maker in any country sets strategies according to his country’s capabilities and future plans, so why did we build gas power plants in Iraq for 17 years with our inability to provide them with gas? And with the absence of a parallel plan to produce gas, and even the absence of A plan to diversify gas import sources if necessary? Who is responsible for this grave mistake?”
He said, “As long as we do not have ready-made gas, why have dozens of gas stations been built and money wasted? Why not invest in stations for different fuels or go to the option of solar energy? Why has the nuclear energy file not been opened yet?”
And he indicated, “In the gas file, we found that the networks for supplying the stations with energy are also linked to the brothers in the Islamic Republic of Iran, and they did not fail and continue to pump gas despite the failure to pay their dues due to the imposed sanctions, and we need a long time and infrastructure until we find alternative sources of gas from other countries.” .
He pointed out, “Iraq is very late in producing gas, and we need to start directly, and this is what we did without hesitation, but we need two to three years to start producing gas and fill the largest percentage of the stations’ needs. Two days ago, they said that the power transmission lines melted because of the loads on them and because they are in The basis is old, and the question is why the energy transmission system in Iraq wastes 40% of the production? Why did we not start in 2005 for example until today to have a modern transmission system? There were many problems and challenges facing previous governments, but despite that it was possible to move in this the field”.
And he stated, “Every step to solve the electricity problem in Iraq requires years because Iraq did not actually start any step during the previous years. If we invested in solar energy, the issue of electricity would be behind us today. If we invested in gas production, Iraq would export gas today instead of importing it, and if we invested in Non-gas stations, Iraq would be able today to provide electricity, and if we invested in repairing the electricity transmission networks, no crisis would have occurred, and if we invested in electrical interconnection with all our neighbors, we would be able to address emergency crises and fill the shortage, especially in the summer.
He stressed: “We have been continuing since last year to put all these options on the map of actual work, and we will need a few years to solve this issue radically. Each of these steps needs between 2-4 years to implement and start reaping its fruits, and the question arises why this did not happen previously. I spoke with the French a few months ago about an Iraqi project to produce nuclear energy. It is Iraq’s right to possess nuclear energy for peaceful purposes and to produce energy. We have sensed an understanding among the countries of the world and the French. Who says why these decisions were not taken, as I say frankly and clearly in front of the people?
He pointed out, “The current government is a year and a few months old, and it did everything that needed to be done 20 years ago from today. We have taken decisions in all energy files that I will personally bear responsibility for, and they are foundational decisions that we need to implement on the ground, and we have started implementation and we will not stop and the government.” The next one is to complete what we started and to be frank to its people that there is no solution to electricity in Iraq unless we complete the steps we started today.”
He addressed the governors: “You have to continue building and establishing and do not pay attention to electoral propaganda, auctions do not create a state and do not provide electricity. Leave electoral auctions in the electricity file specifically, and let us admit that everyone has made a mistake against the Iraqi people when they refused to make the decision and delayed it and did not implement it.” Ended 29 / h