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Turn a Light On: Electricity Sector Reform in Iraq


By Luay Al-Khatteeb and Harry Istepanian, of the Brookings Institution.

The need to confront and drive back the forces of the Islamic State (IS, ISIS. ISIL) has pushed long-term reform efforts in Iraq far down the list of priorities.

Yet pressing economic reforms – such as restructuring and rebuilding the country’s energy sector – increasingly seem a strategic necessity, as oil prices have fallen far below government projections.

How can politicians be persuaded to invest in Iraq’s long-term future at a time of imminent security threats? How can the efforts to reform the Iraqi electricity network be harnessed to reestablish government authority in newly retaken areas?

Luay Al-Khatteeb and Harry Istepanian address these questions through analysis of past attempts at electricity sector reform. They argue that even before IS advances plunged Iraq into a deep political and security crisis, divisions within the Iraqi parliament and various government agencies had stymied efforts at reform.

Still, they note that improving the provision of electricity is a clear opportunity to improve basic services to its citizens, boosting government legitimacy and acceptance in areas under its control, especially as it seeks to retake territory from IS.

Khatteeb and Istepanian hold that a comprehensive strategy is needed, one that incorporates an expanded role for the private sector, rationalized electricity tariffs, and a host of technical fixes to improve efficiency.

Ultimately, they contend, much will depend on whether the government of Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi views the IS threat as an excuse for inaction or an impetus for change.

Please click here to download the full report in English, or here to download in Arabic.

(Source: Brookings Institution)

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Reforming Iraq’s National Grid


Report first published in nina-iraq.com, the magazine for Iraqi women everywhere.

By Dr. Basil Al-Fakhri, formerly of the Electricity Power Commission-IRAQ [1988-1989], consultant in Western power Utility, KBR consultant and SMEC consultant-Australia[2004-2012].

It is my belief that the Ministry of Electricity [ME] needs to engage with international consulting firms (this is what happens with oil contracts).

These consultation periods should last no less than 10 years and should explore planning, studies, production, transmission, and distribution.

It is suggested that countries such as Britain, Sweden, Germany, France and Japan. should take the lead in this as they have accumulated expertise for systems which can be implemented in Iraq.

In addition, these consulting utilities firm possess advanced training in power generation and supply, and hence this will put Iraq on the right track also. Indeed, if we plan wisely we can leapfrog other nations in the region – overtaking Libya and Jordan, Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia as market leaders.

Implementation of the right kind of technology at every stage will of course play a crucial part.

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Basra Approves $216m Power Projects


By John Lee.

Basra governorate has reportedly approved 60 new power projects valued at a total of $218 million (255 billion Iraqi dinars) within its 2015 budget.

The projects were given the green light at an emergency meeting of the governing council  on Monday, and were fewer than desired because of budget constraints.

Emirates 24|7 quotes a Basra official as saying that the governorate, Iraq’s wealthiest province, approved a budget of about 4.3 trillion dinars (3.6 billion dollars) for 2015, but was allocated only 1.3 trillion dinars (1.11 billion dollars) by Baghdad due to lower oil prices and soaring military spending.

(Source: Emirates 24|7)

(Electricity image via Shutterstock)

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Cummins Supplies Generators to Shrine


Modern Iraq Company for Trading Agencies (MICTA), the authorized distributor for Cummins Power Generation, has supplied a prime power solution to an important religious site in Iraq.

The 6.4 MW solution is powering the Al Abbas Mosque at Karbala, a mausoleum visited by millions of pilgrims every year.

MICTA delivered, installed and commissioned four enclosed generator sets plus a low-voltage synchronization board, cabling and fuel tanks. Special consideration was given to air quality and noise levels at the site.

Recent facility development projects at the site have included rebuilding of the site’s surrounding wall, re-gilding of the dome and minarets, and roofing of the courtyard. In 2014 another major project began to construct a basement to accommodate larger numbers of pilgrims, and to reinforce the structure whose foundations are exposed to a section of the Euphrates River.

Four Cummins Power Generation C2250 D5 enclosed generator sets fitted with Cummins QSK60 G4 engines provide the power, managed by DMC 1000 digital management control equipment and a PowerCommand® PCC3201P paralleling system. MICTA acted as consultant, mechanical contractor and electrical contractor on the project.

(Source: Cummins)

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KRG to Import Gas, Electricity from Iran


By John Lee.

Roza Othman, a member of the Natural Resources Committee in the Kurdistan Parliament, has said that the KRG will sign a contract with Iran to import gas and electricity.

The imported electricity and gas will be for civilians, and the gas will be delivered by pipeline.

The Head of the Parliamentary Committee for Natural Resources, Sherko Jawdat, confirmed to BasNews that the Kurdistan PM is expected to visit Iran soon to sign the contract.

He said that the finer details of the contract are not yet known; Roza Othman insisted that importing gas from Iran will solve Kurdistan’s issues with electricity and gas.

(Source: BasNews)

(Electricity image via Shutterstock)

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Japan Agrees Loan for Power Plant Refit


By John Lee.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has agreed a loan for the rehabilitation of the fourth unit at the Al Hartha Thermal Power Plant in Basra; the amount of the loan as not been disclosed.

The plant was originally constructed by a Japanese company in the late 1970s, and consists of four 200MW units designed to reach a total output of 800 MW.

utilities-me.com reports that the control system of unit 1 was destroyed by a fire in 2010 while units 2 and 3 were damaged during the First Gulf War and have out of operation since then.

The first unit was back up and running in 2010 while the second and third units were scheduled to be rehabilitated by the end of last year.

Germany’s Siemens won the contract for the work on the first three units.

(Source: utilities-me.com)

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Al-Abadi Receives World Bank Director


By John Lee.

Prime Minister Dr. Haider Al-Abadi recently received in his office the director of the World Bank in the Middle East and North Africa, Mr. Farid Belhaj, and the Special Representative of the World Bank Mission in Iraq, Mr. Robert Bu Jodah.

The meeting discussed the challenges of Iraq’s economy caused by the global drop of oil prices in addition to reorganizing the economy in Iraq, the government support to private sector, and turning the challenges of Iraq into opportunities for real reforms besides following up the results of the meeting between PM Dr. Al-Abadi and Director of the World Bank on the margin of Davos Forum last month.

Dr. Al-Abadi mentioned that the government is continuing in implementing its economic reforms and supporting private sector; “this is what we started to seek for through ratifying the budget of this year which adopted abstinence” and “the government started in this project and it has plans in this field but it needs the help and experience of the World Bank”.

H.E. emphasized the determination of the government to activate a retirement system which guarantees the rights of all Iraqis including those who work in the private sector.

On its part the delegation of the world bank expressed its intention to provide all kinds of support to Iraq and its readiness to establish programs and projects to activate public Banks, cooperate with the Iraqi Central Bank, rehabilitate the state owned companies in addition to supporting infrastructure projects like electricity and water.

(Source: Office of the Prime Minister)

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Shares in APR Rise on Basra Contract


By John Lee.

Shares in APR Energy were up 3 percent on Wednesday morning after the company announced that it has signed a contract renewal for its power generation contract in Iraq, taking the term through the end of 2015.

The power plant has been in operation since 2012 and comprises six GE TM2500 mobile gas turbines capable of generating more than 120MW of electricity. APR Energy acquired the plant in 2013 as part of its acquisition of GE’s power rental business.

Located in Basra, the gas-fired power plant provides reliable base load power and grid stability to the population of the Basra province, as well as supporting oil and gas, petrochemical and agricultural industries.

Commenting on the contract renewal, APR Energy’s Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Ranjit Singh said:

Our fast-track solution is providing Basra residents and industries with reliable power, helping to fill critical needs and supporting economic and social stability. Mobile turbine technology helps stabilise the grid, uses approximately a third of the space required by a mobile reciprocating engine site and requires only a small team to operate and maintain.

“This renewal reflects our customer’s ongoing demand for electricity, as well as our proven ability to deliver large-scale power quickly, reliably and consistently.

Laurence Anderson (pictured), APR Energy Chief Executive Officer added:

I’m very pleased to have renewed this significant contract in Iraq, which follows on the heels of our 135MW contract extension and expansion in Indonesia.

“Our focus following the acquisition of the GE power rental business has been to renew the former GE contracts under more favourable terms or else relocate the assets to higher-value opportunities, and this renewal is very much aligned with that strategy.

(Sources: APR Energy, Yahoo!)

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