Gas fuels Kurdistan’s power politics

Iraq's Kurdish region is meeting nearly all its power needs by investing in natural gas fields – and, in a strategic calculation, it's willing to share.
The processing facilities run by the Sharjah-based company Dana Gas at the Khor Mor field in Iraqi Kurdistan. (BEN VAN HEUVELEN/Iraq Oil Report)

ERBIL - The Kurdistan region is emerging as a rare beacon of Iraqi stability and development – and while the most heralded reason for its success has been security, another key factor has been the creation of an electricity sector.

The progress has been rapid. After the fall of Saddam Hussein, Iraq's central government began sending between 150 and 200 megawatts of electricity from Kirkuk up to the Kurdish centers of Erbil and Sulaimaniya – enough to give residents just a few hours of power every day; now, Iraqi Kurdistan generates enough electricity to serve most its own people nearly around the clock, and is using the same line to send 200 megawatts down to Kirkuk.

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