Amidst its fast development, the Kurdistan region has focused on spreading the benefits to the people of Iraq. The government’s strict non-flaring policy has directed all available gas – associated and non-associated – primarily to the generation of power, making the Kurdistan Region the highest holder of electricity supplies in all of Iraq. In 2007 the Kurdistan Region’s electricity generation capacity was 482 MW. Today, it is close to 3 GW. Another 3 GW could be added to the power grid in the near future.
This increase enables the region to supply power to neighbouring governorates and regions. The Kurdistan Regional Government strongly believes that hydrocarbons resources and associated power production should benefit all Iraqis and be used to cement the peaceful and harmonious reconstruction and development of the country, as envisioned by the 2005 Iraqi Constitution. Some $1.5 billion dollars has been invested in power generation in the Kurdistan Region.