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Tensions are rising in Iraq’s southern Basra province – the country’s oil-producing heartland. Oil output is running at record levels. But infrastructure to process rising associated gas output has not kept pace: flaring is also at record levels, and the country lacks the cash to import sufficient liquid fuel.
Iraqis in the southern Basra province, hub of the oil industry, are seething with anger over the shortage of electricity during the hellish summer months.
While power cuts in Iraq are a way of life for many parts of the country in the absence of sufficient gas and related infrastructure, the mounting discontent is being directed at the foreign oil companies, which the provincial council says have failed to honor their social commitments to the local population.
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