Low tide for Iraq’s hydropower plants

Facing reduced flow in Iraq's largest rivers, the Electricity Ministry is giving up on hydroelectric power and planning for gas turbines to help overcome the country’s electricity shortages.
Iraq's receding rivers are prompting officials to rely less on hydroelectric power in favor of gas-powered plants. (DANIEL SMITH/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD - Confronted by a shrinking water supply and increasing demands for electricity, Iraq is planning to replace its hydroelectric power plants with more than two dozen gas power stations throughout the country.

Officials with Iraq's Electricity Ministry said the country cannot rely on hydroelectric power as it once did due to record-low water levels in the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, which have exacerbated the country's chronic energy shortfalls.

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