Iraqi power supply plunges with Iran gas pipeline outage

A major artery supplying Iraq with electricity feedstock went offline Tuesday, highlighting the country's energy dependence on Iran.
Iraqi power supply plunges with Iran gas pipeline outage
Workers lay a pipeline south of Mansuriya to bring natural gas from Iran into Iraq, on July 30, 2016. (ADAM AL-ATBI/Iraq Oil Report)

KHANAQIN/BASRA - Power generation plummeted Tuesday after the shutdown of a pipeline carrying natural gas from Iran, which provides more than one-quarter of Iraq's electricity feedstock.

"The pipeline delivering gas to Iraq was targeted by terrorist groups across the border last night," said a senior official at the Mansuriya power plant in Diyala province, which operates on Iranian gas.

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