Temperatures Soar, and Power Stations Hum

Temperatures are soaring to 45 degrees Celcius (113 degrees F) in Baghdad, and 50 degrees (122 degrees F) in Basra; nothing unusual about that at this time of year.

What is unusual is the increased availability of electricity to cope with the demands of air-conditioners to deal with the problem.

The Ministry of Electricity says output exceeded 8,000 MW in June, and will hit 9,000 MW by the end of this month.

It's still a long way from the 14,000 MW that some estimates say are currently needed in Iraq, but it's a big step forward from the 6,000 MW that was available just last summer, and that is to be applauded.

Plans are moving ahead in meeting that requirement, with Deputy Prime Minister Hussein al-Shahristani predicting output of 20,000 MW by the end of next year, which would put Iraq in a position to export electricity.

Just this week we reported on another power plant project which will help to achieve that goal, and it will be welcomed with open arms by all.

Watch this space for more news of infrastructural development in Iraq.

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