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Bombing of power transmission tower in Iraq, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld

Baghdad: Unidentified perpetrators bombed an electricity transmission tower in Nineveh province, northern Iraq, the Electricity Ministry said in a statement.

Sunday’s attack sabotaged the tower that connects areas east of the provincial capital Mosul to the Mosul Dam, and led to an almost complete blackout, the Xinhua news agency said, citing the statement.

Accompanied by Iraqi security forces, technical teams rushed to the scene to repair the tower, the statement added.

“It appears that the series of explosions in the transmission towers are aimed at cutting off the national electricity grid between the provinces, halting projects of the Ministry of Electricity and exhausting its capacity,” he said.

In recent days, several electricity transmission towers have been bombed in the provinces of Salahudin, Kirkuk and Nineveh, as well as in the areas of al-Nebai and Tarmiyah north of the capital Baghdad, resulting in power outages in large areas.

Iraq has experienced a chronic power shortage since the US-led invasion in 2003, as the country’s power plants generate a total of 19,000 megawatts, far less than the actual demand of over 30,000 megawatts.

Earlier, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi had held meetings to discuss the attacks and called on the military to strengthen protection of power lines.


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