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Iraq and Saudi Arabia to Connect Power Grids

Baghdad seeks to reduce dependency on Iranian imports by turning to Saudi Arabia for power supply.

Saudi Arabia and Iraq have made efforts to integrate their respective electrical systems, according to the Saudi state news agency SPA.

Despite being OPEC's second-largest producer, years of conflict have damaged Iraq's electrical infrastructure, causing rampant power shortages.

Baghdad presently receives energy from Iran, and while the US has granted Iraq sanctions waivers to allow it to continue importing fuel from Iran, the country is aiming to minimize its reliance on Iranian gas and electricity.

During a virtual signing ceremony, Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, stated that the kingdom will strive to "achieve optimal investment" in the electrical connection with Iraq. The memorandum of agreement will serve as the framework for the two countries' electrical connectivity cooperation.

According to the Saudi energy minister, the signing of this MoU follows the orders of the two nations' leaders, who have pledged to do all possible to improve their bilateral relations and strategic partnership in all areas. He also clarified that this project is part of the Kingdom's Vision 2030 and its accompanying executive programs.

The connection will be completed in two years, according to Iraqi Electricity Minister Adel Karim, although no information on how much electricity will flow from Saudi Arabia to Iraq has been released.

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