Iraq draws electricity from oil projects to help failing power grid

The government is seeking stopgap solutions to major blackouts that have sparked protests in southern Iraq.
Protesters demanding better services outside of the Basra International Hotel as the Iraqi Cabinet holds a special session on July 15, 2020. (JASSIM AL-JABIRI/Iraq Oil Report)

BASRA - Iraq has struck deals with oil field operators and state-run companies to augment the national power grid and help stave off further protests prompted by recent blackouts.

Significant power outages took place last weekend in the southern provinces of Basra and Dhi Qar – hubs of Iraq’s oil industry – as technical malfunctions in transmission infrastructure and two power stations cut power supplies.

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