Iraq is developing large gas-fired power plants that will require an additional 700mn cfd of fuel. Improved gas recovery from Basra oilfields is increasing available supplies for power generation. But shortages are set to persist making imports all but essential in the medium term.

Federal Iraq has received its first electricity from an independent power producer (IPP) project, with US firm General Electric (GE) announcing the start-up of four gas turbines with a combined capacity of 1GW at...