Q&A: Electricity Minister Adel Karim

As Iraq approaches the summer peak of electricity demand, another crisis is looming as the caretaker government lacks the budget authority to boost power supply.
Electricity Minister Adel Karim chairs a meeting to discuss the ministry's strategic plan on Dec. 2, 2021. (Photo credit: Iraqi Electricity Ministry)

BAGHDAD - A new agreement with Iran to supply Iraq with gas for electricity generation has been threatened by a Federal Supreme Court ruling limiting the caretaker Iraqi government’s spending power, according to Electricity Minister Adel Karim.

If the Iraqi government cannot pay Iran for what it supplies under the new deal, “I don't know, maybe they [Iran] will cut the gas, and we would lose around 8,000 MW,” the minister said in an interview in his Baghdad office with Iraq Oil Report this week.

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