Peak summer demand for electricity in Iraq, excluding the Kurdish areas, will rise to 12,500MW, said Ala’a Zamil, head of IPP projects at the Electricity Ministry at the MEED Iraq Power & Gas Projects 2011 Conference on 13 June.

This compares with forecast power supplies for the same areas of Iraq of 7,500MW. These include about 950MW of electricity imported from neighbouring countries.

Zamil said the ministry aims to have 4,000MW of additional power supplies by the summer of 2012. He said projects that will add 2,500MW of power are under construction.