Electricity privatization plans moving ahead, says minister

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Electricity Kamal Muhammed speaks during a press conference on October 20, 2020 (NRT Digital Media/Screenshot)

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SULAIMANI — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Electricity Kamal Muhammed said on Tuesday (October 20) that the aim of privatizing the electricity sector in the Kurdistan Region is to increase the number of hours of electricity available to the public and to reduce the cost borne by the government.

Following a meeting with the Kurdistan Parliament’s Energy and Natural Resources committee, Muhammed promised during a press conference that electricity prices for the public will not change.

“The tender will be ready by the end of this year and [the plan] will go into effect,” he added.

Muhammad also said that 70 percent of ministry staff will be transferred to the private sector.

“We want people to pay only one electricity fee,” he added, referring to the fees that many people pay for both national electricity and private generators.

Blackouts are common in the Kurdistan Region, especially during high demand months in summer and winter. Many people rely on private generators to fill in the gaps when there is no national power.

(NRT Digital Media)