Iraq ramps up gas supply after years of delay

New gas production could help Iraq improve electricity service while weaning itself from Iranian energy imports.
The Nassiriya oil field's associated gas treatment facility on Sept. 27, 2018. (Source: Dhi Qar Oil Company media office)

Iraq is on track to gain about 340 million standard cubic feet per day (scf/d) of domestic natural gas supply from southern fields this year, which the country urgently needs in order to help meet unsatisfied electricity demand.

Domestic gas production is especially important now that the U.S. is preparing to re-impose sanctions against Iran, which currently supplies about 1,250 million scf/d of natural gas and more than 1,200 megawatts of electricity to Iraq.

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