Baghdad, Jun 14, (VOI) – The Iraqi Minister of Electricity signed a pre-contract with the leading technology company Siemens to supply the country with 3,200 megawatts of electricity and to set up a total of 27 electricity transfer stations.There were shortages in the country before the invasion? That will be news to some of my liberal friends.
Power supplies in Iraq have been sporadic since the second Gulf war and the U.S. bombing of Iraq's main power generating plants. The shortages across the country became even worse in the aftermath of 2003 U.S.-led invasion of the country because of insurgent sabotage, rising demand, fuel shortages and provinces that are unplugging local power stations from the national grid. Outages make life almost unbearable in the summer months, when daily temperatures reach over 50C.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Iraqis sign electricity deal
Give a country a little bit of money (oil revenue) and a little bit of peace (Petraeus' surge strategy) and it can get on a roll.