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Iraq Seeks to Expand in Gas Investment, Renewable Energy Production

Iraq Seeks to Expand in Gas Investment, Renewable Energy Production

Sunday, 12 September, 2021 - 09:15
A worker is seen at Iraq's Majnoon oilfield near Basra, Iraq, March 31, 2021. Picture taken March 31, 2021. REUTERS/Essam Al-Sudani/Files

Iraq’s Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul Jabbar announced Saturday that Iraq would rely on green energy to invest in gas and produce renewable energy.

During his participation at a workshop organized by the International Energy Organization (IEA), the Minister stressed the government and ministry’s keenness on supporting clean energy projects.

This support is represented by implementing prime projects in associated gas investment, reducing oil hydrocarbon emissions and increasing projects of electricity production via alternative energy.

Abdul Jabbar stated that Iraq has taken practical steps to guarantee a gradual shift towards green and renewable energy.

Iraq adopted a clear strategy by contracting with international companies specialized in this field in Basra, Maysan and Dhi Qar, he noted, adding that Iraq established the Basra Gas Company.

The Iraqi minister went on saying that the country signed an agreement with Total. This agreement consists of a series of investment projects in associated gas.

The ministry is meanwhile carrying out other projects. The investment of up to 2,600 million standard cubic feet daily also falls under the Ministry of Oil plans to invest in associated gas from the southern provinces’ fields.

Another key interest of Iraq is to add 12 kilowatts to the national electricity system through the use of alternative energy, the minister continued.

This would be accomplished by contracting with leading international firms operating in this sector and seeking to switch to the use of gas instead of heavy fuels.

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