Policy & Regulation

US stance on Iran threatens Iraq’s electricity sector

Iraq needs Iranian gas imports to fuel its power plants, but looming US sanctions are threatening these supplies and could provoke unrest Iraq needs Iranian gas imports to fuel its power plants, but looming US sanctions are threatening these supplies and could provoke unrest.
By Verity Ratcliffe 12 October 2018 0 32880
The Badra gas processing plant in Iraq. The Badra gas processing plant in Iraq. (Gazprom)

Iraq’s new prime minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, faces the daunting task of fixing the country’s dire electricity situation, which will mean increasing the availability of gas to feed domestic power stations. The challenge will be greater once the next phase of United States’ sanctions against Iran – which supplies gas to Iraq – kicks in next month.

Iraq’s new president, Barham Salih, was elected by a landslide vote in the Iraqi parliament last week and immediately named Mahdi as prime minister, ending months of deadlock. Much is...