The Challenges of Providing Fuel to Iraq’s Power Sector

Dr. Jafar D. Jafar, CEO of the Uruk Group, recently gave an address at the Iraq Future Energy Forum about “The Challenges of Providing Fuel to Iraq’s Power Sector.”

The event brought together prominent members of the oil and gas as well as power sectors, including government officials, NGOs and the private sector.

Dr. Jafar underscored the fact that Iraq’s power sector has a number of critical challenges that require careful attention. First is the actual supply of fuel, particularly natural gas, once a power plant is on line. Second, ensuring plans and people are in place to not only operate but properly maintain the facilities. And finally, identifying an appropriate strategy for increasing the electricity tariff to cover costs; and having a mechanism in place to ensure the efficient collection of dues.

When asked about feedstock for power generation, Dr. Jafar noted: “Associated gas, when collected, processed and injected into pipelines could provide up to 1000 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) which should be sufficient to power approximately 4,500 megawatts in open cycle power plants. Currently, only North Gas provides about 300 mmscfd.”

Uruk’s participation in the event, held in Jordan from May 18 – 20, 2014 at the Le Meridien Amman, reflects the firms commitment to Iraq’s reconstruction. The company has made long-term asset and corporate infrastructure investments; and invested heavily in people and equipment.