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Iraq Frowns Upon Reduced Iranian Gas Supplies

A decrease in gas supplies from Iran has resulted in a roughly 3,400 MW power loss in Iraq, resulting in power disruptions that lead to violent protests.

According to the state media, Iraq's electrical ministry claimed that a drop in gas supplies from Iran has resulted in a power loss of roughly 3,400 megawatts.

Iraq's reliance on Iranian oil supplies has had geopolitical ramifications and is a source of constant problems with the United States. Its energy independence has been made a condition of consecutive sanctions waivers, allowing these imports to continue.

Power disruptions have frequently resulted in violent protests, especially in the south.
Yesar al-Maleki, a Gulf analyst at the Middle East Economic Survey, also explained that Iraq is significantly reliant on Iranian energy imports, particularly during the summer months.

A third of Iraq's power needs are most often met by gas and electricity imports from Iran.

He added that Iran's daily gas imports range from 1.5 to 1.8 billion cubic feet. Now, generation in the south drop below one gigawatt, implying that not only are these lines down, but also the gas flow.

Two pipelines are used by Iran to supply Iraq with gas, these two are also used to power plants in Basra, Nasiriyah, Diyala, and Samawa. The generation from these plants has similarly decreased, implying that Iran's supply of these plants is likewise low.

The province of Basra demands 4,000 megawatts, but only receives 830 MW at the moment.

For energy imports, Iraq owes Iran billions of dollars. Payment delays are a result of the country's economic problems. Transfers to pay for imports have been hindered by a complicated method meant to skirt US sanctions.

Iraq is unable to pay Iran directly for imports under the system, but it can pay for commodities, medications, and other costs associated with Tehran's diplomatic presence and Iranian enterprises operating in Iraq. Iraq acquired vaccines for Tehran in early 2021.


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