25 September 2019
A Chinese company has been awarded a project to turn a military air base into a civilian airport in the Southern Iraqi Dhi Qar governorate, the local media reported on Wednesday.
Iraqi officials visiting China signed the contract for Nasiriyah airport with the China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) in Beijing on Tuesday, Aliqitisad News and other publications said.
A statement by the Iraq cabinet secretariat said the contract was awarded to CSCEC "to benefit from its long experience in construction."
"An agreement was reached to start work on the airport project after design studies are completed...a contract will then be officially signed," the statement said.
The project to build Nasiriyah airport at Imam Ali Military Air Base has been on the cards for many years but it was held up by internal hostilities. Officials said earlier the project would be offered as an investment.
(Writing by Nadim Kawach; Editing by Anoop Menon)
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