Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli – August 12, 2011
For years, the energy sector in Iraq has suffered from failure to supply electricity to the Iraqi population: UN sanctions that crippled Iraqi finances also stunted the capacity to acquire and repair power generating equipment; the problem was compounded during the invasion in 2003 when air strikes damaged power plants; and since the invasion, terrorist groups have made many attempts, some successful, to sabotage power stations and power lines.
The consequence of all this is that power is available, at best, for no more than six hours a day, and even that limited supply reaches the consumers only intermittently. It appears also, according to the Inspector General of the Ministry of Electricity 'Alaa Muhiddin, that natural gas shipped by truck destined for power stations is stolen in collusion with some officials of the ministry. The theft of gas reduces power production by about 300-400 megawatts daily.