On 2 July, Iraq’s power system disintegrated. In the early hours of the day power generation collapsed to an unprecedented 0.37GW, a pitiful figure in a country that until recently had hoped to hike supply to 22GW this summer. The Ministry of Electricity is battling to bring the grid back up, and as MEES went to press, generation had reached 12.3GW.

IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol swiftly labeled the electricity provision situation in Iraq a “humanitarian catastrophe.” (CONTINUED - 2966 WORDS)