Iraq Says Power Grid Won't Be Fully Restored Until
Dec 23, 2008 - Dow Jones & Company,
Iraq's power grid is not expected
to be fully restored until 2011 - eight years after
the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein
- the electricity ministry said on Tuesday.
"Citizens will (by 2011) have electricity
for 24 hours a day with no cuts," minister Karim
Wahid was quoted as saying in a report issued a
day after Japan opened its $118 million Samawa plant
in the southern Muthanna province. The country's
power installations were bombed, looted and sabotaged
during and after the 2003 invasion, leaving many
residents with as little as four hours of electricity
The electricity shortfall forced many
Iraqis to buy their own generators in 2004, and
by 2006 many people had banded together and subscribed
to large collective generators run by entrepreneurs.
Wahid said residents currently receive
about 10 hours of state-produced power a day.
In the face of long unfulfilled U.S.
promises that the supply of electricity would be
properly restored, Baghdad residents still largely
rely on privately run generators to power their
homes in a city of six million people.