Kurdistan Region of Iraq now produces 221, 000 megawatts annually while the region had been producing only 547 MWs between 2007 and 2008, said a representative from Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)'s Ministry of Electricity. Hama Amin Hawramany told a press conference that the Ministry provided the citizens in Kurdistan with 22 hours of electricity in August which was increased to 23 hours of power supply in the last two weeks.
Hawramany added KRG used to import 160 MWs from Iraq and 104 MWs from Turkey in 2007 and 2008.
This is while now the KRG imports electricity to Mosul, Kirkuk and Tuz Khurmatu, which now lie under the control of the Iraqi government.
If the region's electricity production reaches 3,000 MWs the Ministry will provide its citizens with full time electricity (24 hours), said Umed Ahmed, KRG's electricity control director.
The second Erbil's international electricity and energy fair will be opened on Sept.17. Some 500 companies from 21 states confirmed their participation in the four-day expo, Ahmed indicated.