(Persia Digest) - Middle East Monitor writes that Iran has cut electricity supplies to Iraq due to unpaid bills, the Ministry of Electricity in Baghdad said on Friday. This has exacerbated the country’s electricity crisis, Anadolu has reported.
Ministry spokesman Mosaab Al-Madras said that the supply cut affected Iraq’s Dhi Qar, Maysan and Basra provinces. Although he did not give details of the debt to Iran, the unpaid bills are estimated at around $1 billion.
According to the ministry, Iraq produces 15,700 megawatts of electricity, but needs more than 23,000 megawatts per hour to ensure a non-stop supply to homes and public buildings. Iraqis are outraged at the power cuts in summer temperature of more than 50 degrees Celsius.
As reported by Persia Digest, the supply of electricity from Iran to Iraq was taking place when many Iranian cities had power cuts due to extreme heat. The Electricity Board in Tehran has even issued a timetable for power cuts at set times. The Board, however, announced last night that rumors about the supply of water and electricity to Iraq are false.
Reza Ardakanian added: “It's possible to exchange electricity with other countries because we intend to become a regional energy hub. But no supply takes place by Iran during the peak season.”
He reminded: “Iran has the capacity to supply 1300 MW of electricity. This is supplied to Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan during the off-peak season. Presently, we receive 700 MW of electricity from Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, and Afghanistan.”
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