Iraq is eyeing the addition of some 2.5gw of badly needed power generation capacity before the summer demand crunch really starts to bite. Projects are coming on stream, and on 12 June, Iraqi power generation, including imports from Iran, broke through the 10gw mark for the first time.

However, the increments are also behind schedule and the country’s ailing electricity sector is still struggling with some major structural and institutional problems. Power supply has typically risen from a low of 2-3 hours to 12-14 hours per day, but coverage is still patchy and temperatures are rising. Ominously, there were protests in Dhi Qar province earlier this month about the lack of power. (CONTINUED - 952 WORDS)