Gas issues still plaguing Kurdistan’s power sector

By Verity Ratcliffe 15 August 2016 9:09 GMT
A gas plant in Kurdistan. The region does not have enough supply to meet its power demand. (Dana Energy) A gas plant in Kurdistan. The region does not have enough supply to meet its power demand. (Dana Energy)

Restricted access to gas is continuing to stymie power production in Kurdistan and is holding back the region’s plans to develop new gas-fired capacity.

Net gas production in the autonomous Iraqi region dropped to 8.68 million cubic metres per day (MMcm/d) in July from 8.83 MMcm/d in June. Kurdistan’s average gas demand is 22 MMcm/d, most of which is used for power generation. The region needs more gas than usual in the summer, when air conditioning units are turned up.