OPEC member Iraq is planning to offer large rail projects to investors within a post-war programme to rebuild damaged facilities and expand transport networks, the official Iraqi Alsabah newspaper reported on Sunday.

The General Company for Iraqi Railways (GCIR), an affiliate of the Transport Ministry, is overseeing those projects which comprise a rail linking the Southern oil hub of Basra with nearby Al-Faw Peninsula, where one of the world's largest container terminals is under construction.

Another project involves the construction of rail networks connecting Basra with Turkey through other Iraqi cities, the paper said.

"Those projects are under study and will be offered as investment...we are cooperating with a Chinese government company in this respect," GCIR's Director General Talib Al-Husseini said without identifying that firm or providing further project details.

(Writing by Nadim Kawach; Editing by Anoop Menon)


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