Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Iraq's electrical grid problem

I've wondered why it's been taking so long to get Iraqi's electrical power all the time. Apparently, the problem is not the dilapidated grid as much as the Iraqi Oil ministry not supplying fuel for the generators. Hat tip to Small Wars Journal Blogs for this from Glenn Zorpette at The New York Times online called Keeping Iraq in the Dark
  • LACK of electricity is still a big problem in Iraq, and there’s lots of blame to go around. Much of it goes to the usual suspects: too many insurgent attacks, too few experienced engineers and technicians. But there’s another factor, big and getting bigger, which you probably haven’t read about. It’s one that Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and his bureaucrats could solve quickly, if they wanted to: Iraq’s Ministries of Oil and Electricity are at loggerheads.

That helps explain a little more some of the political hurdles the Iraq government has to overcome.