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Without Iran’s gas, half of Iraqi power plants to close down

Baghdad, If Iraq's waiver for importing gas from Iran doesn't get renewed, half of the country's natural gas power plant will close down in the summer, said a member committee of trade of Iraqi parliament, Heibat alHabousi in a press conference on Tuesday.

'Baghdad's waiver from US sanctions on Iran not being renewed, Iraq will face a really critical situation, including in power production,' said alHabousi.

Iraq uses 15,000 megawatts of power, 7,000 megawatts of which are produced by Iran, he said.

AlHabousi added that Iraqi power plants work with natural gas and cannot use any other substitute fuels and don't have any other pipelines from other countries.

The official called on the Iraqi administration to negotiate with the US to remove the waiver.

Some other Iraqi parliamentarians had already warned about the issue before.

Iraq has repeatedly announced that the economic and cultural ties between Iran and Iraq are historic and cannot be ignored and that Baghdad won't be a part of the US sanction regime on other nations.

Iraq's Ministry of Electricity announced a while ago that the country will continue to import natural gas from Iran, despite the US sanctions.

The spokesman of Iraq's ministry of electricity said it is expected that the country's natural gas import from Iran would hit 35 million cubic feet in midJune from the current 28 million cubic feet.

He added that Iran will continue to supply Iraq with 1,200 megawatts of electricity that will help reduce the blackout time in the summer in Iraq.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA