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Electricity provision is a critical issue for Iraq, one that Electricity Minister Luay al-Khatteeb rightly labels a “national security necessity” ( MEES, 15 February ). If Baghdad is unable to make progress it risks “serious civil unrest, threatening not only Iraq but the region” he says with little hyperbole ( MEES, 22 February ).
The government will therefore be breathing a sigh of relief that tangible progress is being made. When Mr Khatteeb spoke to MEES in February he said that annual electricity generation “growth of 15% is a bare minimum” to meet demand – 8% to bridge the current shortfall and 7% to meet demand growth. Iraq generated 12GW on average last year against demand of 22GW, while peak demand of 24GW far exceeded the 14.5GW it managed to generate over summer. (CONTINUED - 1339 WORDS)
DATA INSIDE THIS ARTICLE
|chart||Iraq's Sales Gas Output Hits New Records As It Cuts Down On Flaring Rates (Mn Cfd)|
|chart||Iraqi Gas Supplies To Power Stations Remain Flat In Early 2019, As Liquids Burn Rises|