Coalition And Iraqi Soldiers Work To Assist Electrification Of Iraq
The ongoing success of security and safety in Iraq has continued to improve, and the electricity has been improving. Baghdad at one time received 22-24 hours of electricity a day during the time of Saddam Hussein, but the rest of Iraq has never gotten more than a few hours at a time.
The completion of more than 500 different electric projects including distribution, transmission and generation efforts have began to make a dent into the amount of time that the nation has electricity. The Month of August had over 12 days with over 5,000 megawatts of generation which is a huge increase.
The electricity and the demand for power has increased by more than 70 percent since 2004, and it has slowly grown into one of the best areas of improvement. The Government of Iraq has been working hard to hook up more and more of the nation to the electrical grid.
The ministry of Power also works to repair existing power plants, as well as installing different gas turbine and coal fired plants across Iraq.
Iraq needs to be able to generate nearly 9,600 megawatts, and right now they have the capacity of about 5,400 megawatts. There are plans to generate a number of different plans as well as working to eventually be able to provide up to 24 hours a day of electricity to different areas around Iraq.