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Ongoing Electricity Shortage Costs Iraq Economy $40 Billion a Year

By: Walid Khadduri Translated from Al-Hayat (Pan Arab). اقرا المقال الأصلي باللغة العربية

On Sept. 14, 2013,

the Iraqi parliament's Oil and Energy Committee published a report drafted by the advisory board of the Prime Minister's Office, which indicated that Iraq is losing around $40 billion annually due to the lingering power outage crisis. The report confirmed that the continuous power outages caused serious damage to petrochemical plants and private plants.



Christopher Hitchens: Reconstruction of Iraq, Democratic Presidentia

Investment in post-2003 Iraq refers to international efforts to rebuild the infrastructure of Iraq since the Iraq War in 2003.

Along with the economic reform of Iraq, international projects have been implemented to repair and upgrade Iraqi water and sewage treatment plants, electricity production, hospitals, schools, housing, and transportation systems. Much of the work has been funded by the Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund, and the Coalition Provisional Authority

Rachel Maddow - Electricity Hell in Iraq

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Iraq looks to sea to solve electricity shortage

Published on Apr 29, 2012

Nine years after the war and with billions of US dollars spent, the power is off more often than its on in Iraq.

In provinces like Basra there is an especially high need.

Al Jazeera's Jane Arraf reports from Abu Falous Port in Basra.

Electricity Problem in Iraq

Saif Rashid

Electricity Problem in Iraq

2. Electricity Situation
2.1. History of the problem 
Until 1990 Iraq’s electricity system was one of the best in the region withgeneration capacity exceeded the demand with more power plants to be built(UNAMI; UNDP Iraq, 2008). During the Gulf War in 1991, about 90% of Iraq’s powergenerating and distribution systems were destroyed and full recovery never occurred(Library of Congress – Federal Research Division, 2006). Right after the war, Iraqwas able to restore about 50% of the generation capacity which was sufficient untilthe mid of 1990s (GAO, 2007).

Iraq: Powering up after a decade down

 and  Last Modified: 20 Mar 2013Iraq Speaks: citizen reports

A lasting solution to Iraq's energy shortages is elusive, but involves a creative mix of attempted fixes every day by individuals and businesses, as well as a long term plan to build more power plants to serve a burgeoning population and fulfill its energy desires.


Electricity: Iraq’s Other Power Vacuum


Electricity — or the lack thereof — remains more than a complaint. It has become a central benchmark by which Iraqis judge the post-war order. And, almost universally, they judge it to have failed in this regard.

Two phrases heard on the streets are repeated so often  they have become conventional wisdom, even mantras: The country that could put a man on the moon can’t fix another country’s electricity? The superpower that got Kuwait’s electricity running within months in the early 1990s couldn’t do the same in Iraq a decade later?


Iraq: A country in shambles

Despite promises made for improvements, Iraq's economy and infrastructure are still a disaster.

 Baghdad, Iraq - As a daily drumbeat of violence continues to reverberate across Iraq, people here continue to struggle to find some sense of normality, a task made increasingly difficult due to ongoing violence and the lack of both water and electricity.

During the build-up to the US-led invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration promised the war would bring Iraqis a better life, and vast improvements in their infrastructure, which had been severely debilitated by nearly 13 years of strangling economic sanctions.

More jobs, improved water availability, more reliable electricity supplies, and major rehabilitation of the medical infrastructure were promised.

But now that the US military has ended its formal military occupation of Iraq, nearly eight years of war has left the promises as little more than a mirage.


Lack of electricity and water puts Iraqis on edge during heat of summer

By Leila Fadel
Washington Post Foreign Service 
Wednesday, June 23, 2010

At least three times a week, Maher Abbas brings one of his two young children or his elderly mother to the hospital to be treated for dehydration, stomach bugs or heat exhaustion.

Lack of water and electricity are killing his family and his business, he said.

"I have so much anger," Abbas said outside the music store he runs in the poor neighborhood of Amil, in western Baghdad. When there is no power, there is no music playing in the store, and customers don't come. "I can't work," he said. "I can't support my family. We're dying from the heat. Where are these politicians?"


Daily Electricity Supply and Demand 2010