Analysis: Iraq’s electricity plans

Iraq’s electricity plans can address the country’s chronic power problems, says Iraq legal expert David Lockhart – but only if government officials can work together to implement them.
Analysis: Iraq’s electricity plans
The Al-Quds power plant in northern Baghdad undergoes maintenance. Iraq is struggling to close a wide gap between limited power supply and rising demand. (THAIER AL-SUDANI/Reuters)

Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity is courting foreign investment in continued and frustrating attempts to develop the country’s ability to produce and deliver power. A 15-month-long study of Iraq’s electricity infrastructure and its future requirements was recently completed, and the resulting “master plan” for Iraq’s electricity sector was presented in Istanbul in early February.The master plan represents the largest projected expansion of electricity generation and transmission in...

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