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raq’s new Electricity Minister Luay al-Khatteeb confirmed this week that on 13 May power generation peaked at 16.3GW (and averaged 14.4GW) – up 3.3GW year-on-year – the most promising sign yet that Mr Khateeb’s reform efforts are paying dividends. Daily blackouts, particularly during summer, are a major political issue in Iraq and brought the last government on its knees ( MEES, 26 October 2018 ).
The ministry forecasts peak demand to reach 24GW, and Mr Khatteeb said on Twitter this week that he expects average supply to exceed 18GW by June – which would more than make due on his promise to increase year-on-year electricity supply by 15% ( MEES, 15 February ). With Siemens onboard for the power sector’s overhaul ( MEES, 3 May ), Baghdad can certainly count on more capacity additions in the future – that is, if the government can stand the summer heat. (CONTINUED - 135 WORDS)