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Iran's halts gas exports to Iraq for pipeline repairs

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Reuters reported that gas exports from Iran to Iraq were halted for several days, as Iranian authorities work to repair damages caused to the pipeline during a recent earthquake.

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The cuts deprive Iraq's power grid of 2,500 megawatts (MW), Iraq's electricity ministry said in a statement, as Iraq relies heavily on Iranian gas to feed its power stations.

Iranian authorities informed the electricity ministry in Baghdad that the flow of gas exports will be resumed "during next few days" after maintenance on the pipeline inside Iranian territory are completed.

The ministry said that the pipeline supplies several major power stations, including two in Eastern Baghdad and one in Eastern Diyala province near the Iranian border. The oil ministry will supply the power stations which have been affected by the halt with fuel to keep operations going.

However, both provinces can expect power cuts as a result.

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