USTDA funded a 15-day Orientation Visit (OV) to the United States for twelve officials from the Iraq Power Sector. The delegation was comprised of ten representatives from the Iraq Ministry of Electricity (ME) and two from the Iraq Ministry of Oil (MOO).
The ME is responsible for planning, constructing, operating and maintaining the electric power system in Iraq. In addition, the ME works with the MOO on joint fuels coordination issues with regards to liquid fuels, natural gas infrastructure and the more effective use of natural gas in Iraq’s comprehensive energy development strategy. The ME is also working closely with U.S. Embassy Baghdad on an overall operations and maintenance (O&M) strategy. The delegates from ME and MOO were selected according to their participation in the Joint Fuels Committee and their roles in implementing an O&M strategy to develop the skilled managers necessary to maintain the new and upgraded power facilities.