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Iraq needs to execute new projects that will generate nearly 10,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity to tackle a power shortage that worsened because of internal hostilities, an Iraqi official reported on Monday. OPEC’s second-largest oil producer currently generates around 20,000 MW of electricity from existing power plants. In comparison, actual domestic demand stands at nearly 30,000 MW, said Mudhar Saleh, financial and economic adviser to the Prime Minister. Madhar said he believes Iraq could become self-sufficient in electricity generation through new conventional and renewable energy projects as well as by supplies from common power grids with neighboring Iran and the six-nation GCC.

Iraq needs 10,000 MW to tackle power gap

Iraq needs to execute new projects that will generate nearly 10,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity to tackle a power shortage that worsened because of internal hostilities, an Iraqi official reported on Monday. OPEC’s second-largest oil producer currently generates around 20,000 MW of electricity from existing power plants. In comparison, actual domestic demand stands at nearly 30,000 MW, said Mudhar Saleh, financial and economic adviser to the Prime Minister. Madhar said he believes Iraq could become self-sufficient in electricity generation through new conventional and renewable energy projects as well as by supplies from common power grids with neighboring Iran and the six-nation GCC.

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