I’m just back from Dubai, where I’ve done some interviewing for a piece on Iraq’s gas and electricity problems. Basra Gas Company — Shell’s big deal to gather associated gas from four of the south’s mega-projects — is causing a lot of confusion and anger. For one thing, many senior Iraqis are puzzled (polite word) about Shell’s plans eventually to export some of this gas. How? Local demand for electricity will more than account for this feedstock over the next few years. I’ve got lots more research to do and hope to be in Basra in late March. Please get in touch if you can help.