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Iran cuts electricity supplies to Iraq over unpaid bills

July 7, 2018 at 12:27 pm

Electricity power lines, 26 September 2017 [Paulnasca/Wikipedia]

Iran has cut electricity supplies to Iraq due to unpaid bills, the Ministry of Electricity in Baghdad said on Friday. This has exacerbated the country’s electricity crisis, Anadolu has reported.

Ministry spokesman Mosaab Al-Madras said that the supply cut affected Iraq’s Dhi Qar, Maysan and Basra provinces. Although he did not give details of the debt to Iran, the unpaid bills are estimated at around $1 billion.

According to the ministry, Iraq produces 15,700 megawatts of electricity, but needs more than 23,000 megawatts per hour to ensure a non-stop supply to homes and public buildings. Iraqis are outraged at the power cuts in summer temperature of more than 50 degrees Celsius.