Iraq power system near collapse

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  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/6934973.stm


    I thought we had paid billions to sort this out?
     
  2. I wonder how much of the money is actually goes to the right people and if the right people spend it in the right away.

    Last year, I read that the Americans had billions unaccounted for, not including, recently, the 200,000 weapons that have 'vanished' that was meant for Iraqi forces.
     
  3. I would imagine the insurgents taking advantage of the dam's state (blowing it up).
     
  4. A complete system comprises of People, Process and Technology. A truly quality process is a dichotomy of body and soul, in which technology is the body and people are the soul.

    What the fluffy bunny stuff implies (in reality) is that if you get the people bit wrong (or scuffed up to habitual apathy), the technology wrong (through over costing stagnated projects) then the Process which is but a binding combination of the two is going to get shagged.

    The common solution is to throw billions at it. But a Process can turn into a Black Hole when the People just ain't willing to work or are allowed to work on day to day tasks like routine maintenance, or that the technology provision doesn't counter the stockpile of the maintenance backlog which is added too by daily assaults on critical infrastructure.

    This is where the billions have gone, in patching black holes. Not because we don't have a coat of arms to cover all the services required in Iraq, but because it takes comparatively little in terms of cost to turn people against the process and for technology advances to tend towards impotency.

    The structure required to support such destabilising insurgent mechanisms, which can make billions sink into black holes is actually quite small and insular, but it does require a vision which comes from the Big Boss mentality (be that governmental or sectarian). Consider the economies of scale involved for those who would wait for a 6 month project involving hundreds of man hours to complete, doing nothing in the interim, just to see it blown up when it's completed.

    The counteraction on the complete cognitive map finds the competition at the source and competes on equal terms as a competitive market force.

    In short, how many nuclear program accidents can they sustain before get they get the picture? How many reductions in foreign aid and investment does it take before the bread cues return? How many security threats to holy sites does it take before they understand the need to actually deliver border security?

    That money is gone, burned up by a hydra of counter black ops. Most of it totally unprofessional and unfocused, but then it doesn't have to be because one of the most critical aspects is people. And that is why hearts and minds is crucialy communicated, but damn difficult to implement on the practical sense.

    Time to move into a different gear or move on soon. That's the choices to be made somewhere down the line one presumes.

    In short, draw a line in the sand.
     
  5. This will make interesting reading eventually in the yet to be finalized:

    LEGACY OF BLIAR - WORLD CLASS SAVIOUR
     
  6. So who is getting the profits from all the Iraqi oil ??
     
  7. I know of a CIMIC project that was for the installation of a power cable costing $500,000. The money was paid to the contractor before the ministry of power accepted the cable. The ministry of power tested the cable but the joints kept failing and the cable was never used.
     
  8. If we don't sort this out, well, so much for hearts and minds.

    I seem to remember a similar discussion back in 2003!
     
  9. Its ironic, no sad really that after the first Gulf war Saddam in a matter of weeks was able to restore much of the metropolitan infrastructure to pre-war levels.
     
  10. "Many southern provinces such as Basra, Diwaniya, Nasiriya and Babil have disconnected their power plants from the national grid. Northern provinces, including Kurdistan, are doing the same," Mr Shimari said.

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    Not surprising that a "National Grid" system like that keeps falling over then
     
  11. msr

    msr LE

    That might be because it wasn't deliberately targeted for destruction on anything like the scale that it currently is.

    The UK and US are going to get beaten up over this, but the reality is that the infrastructure had already crumbled through chronic under-investment since it installation 40 years ago. There are no electricity meters, so no-one knows how much power is used and the many home-made additions to the local distribution network mean it is unlikely it will ever function in any way like our national grid.

    The resilience in our systems is the reason so much of the countryside is covered in pylons.

    msr
     
  12. Survey teams went in and repair plans put into place. But when the people went in to do the work they spent so much time ducking and weaving that they decided not to continue. Plus what remedial work was done on water plants for example, was quickly undone by the locals.
     
  13. Why bother? It seems like time will do it for them.
     
  14. Well a free market produced a similar situation in California. There are things that can be done ( For Example ) but who will do them?