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RE: [casi] Electricity in Baghdad?

Hi Jennifer, Alexander and others,

I can't comment on whether the Iraqi government has spent non-UN funds on
electricity, but can agree with Alexander that Baghdad's been the Iraqi
government's priority.  Further, electricity seems to have been a priority.
According to UN figures, as of 1 May, the Iraqi government had budgeted for
$4.2 billion of expenditures on the electrical sector, but had actually then
initiated contracts for $4.5 billion.  Of the $1.6 billion in supplies for
this sector to arrive, $1.5 billion had been distributed.

As we proceed further into the summer heat, the electrical system can be
expected to be subject to more load than it is at present.  This will
present it with more challenges.

On a more optimistic note, the Office of the Iraq Programme's 'note'
(, which replaced
the usual Secretary-General's end-of-phase report, mentions that good
rainfall has raised waterlevels in the Kurdish dams.  This is good news for
hydro-electric generation.

Those interested in this question might want to see the electricity sector's
working group presentation to the Security Council from last year; a version
of it is available at


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