Iran has reduced the amount of gas it exports to Kirkuk, cutting the production of electricity and increasing the hours of power cuts and blackouts, acting Kirkuk governor Rakan al-Jabouri revealed Monday.
Al-Jabouri said the drop in electricity production is due the sharp decrease in Iran’s gas exports to Kirkuk.
This has coincided with the beginning operations to improve services in districts recaptured from ISIS terrorists, he noted.
During a meeting with representatives of all electricity directorates, an agreement has been reached, he further stated.
Under the agreement, the Ministry of Electricity shall supply 100-150 megawatt to Diyala power line to prevent outages, Kirkuk governor said.
Jabouri called on the Ministry of Electricity to accelerate the maintenance of electricity generating units in Taza power plant, with daily capacity of 260 MW, which is carried out by Siemens.
He also called for the completion of Dibis power plant project, with daily capacity of 320 MW, which is carried out by an Iranian company.
In June, Iran began exporting gas to Iraq after several years of delays.
The neighbors, both members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, initially signed a deal in 2013 for Iran to supply Iraqi power stations.