Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is planning to double its total power generation capacity from 3,000KW to 6,000KW by the end of 2015 as part of KRG ministry of electricity's expansion strategy, an official from the ministry told Zawya.
"Kurdistan is currently witnessing a boom in development and urbanization, as the foundation stones for the USD 48 million- three power plants has been placed. The new plants would produce 132mw, one of which will be in Barda rash in the governorate of Dahuk, the project is expected to take from 18 to 20 months," said Diyar Baban, the spokesman for the ministry of electricity.
"The second power plants will be in Akri, governorate of Dahuk and the third will be in Sheikhan, both are expected to take 18 months to be complete and to serve 50,000 citizens, " said Baban.
According to Iraqi Ministry of Electricity's data, Iraq generates 8,400 MW of power and is seeking to boost capacity to 20,000MW by 2015, at a total investment reaching USD 1.5 billion.
"Power generation is essential to operate all industrial sectors in Kurdistan, including factories and labs, which require huge amounts of reliable power supply," said Saladin Kako, an economist and professor of economics at Sabis University.