Oct 11 2013
By Israa al-Kubaisi
Azzaman, October 11, 2013
For first time in more than 20 years, Iraqis are now enjoying uninterrupted power supplies from the national grid.
The Ministry of Electricity says the country’s power plants currently produce enough energy that meets domestic demand.
“The national grid is now supplying Baghdad and all other provinces with electricity, 24 hours a day,” declared the ministry’s spokesman Musaib al-Mudaris.
However, he said, security remains a major problem and last week three power pylons were blown up, plunging some areas into darkness.
Mudaris did not name those behind the attacks but power and fuel installations have frequently been targeted by insurgents and al-Qaeda.
Two of the pylons have already been repaired and work on the third is going on, he added.
Two months ago, Mudaris predicted an end to power outages, with new major plants coming on stream and power-generating capacity reaching 13,000 megawatts.
Power outages started in Iraq in the aftermath of the 1991-Gulf War over Kuwait and worsened after the 2003-U.S. invasion.
It is the first time in the years since 1991 for the national grid to have the capacity to provide Iraqis with non-stop electricity.
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