PROJECTS: Iraq to build 2 thermal power plants

Proposal to build power plants inside Iran for border areas

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) workers walk past the pylons of high-tension electricity power lines at the Olkaria II Geothermal power plant near the Rift Valley town of Naivasha, Kenya February 15, 2018. Picture taken February 15, 2018.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) workers walk past the pylons of high-tension electricity power lines at the Olkaria II Geothermal power plant near the Rift Valley town of Naivasha, Kenya February 15, 2018. Picture taken February 15, 2018.

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Iraq has approved plans to build two new thermal power plants in two separate locations within a post-war strategy to bridge a wide demand-supply gap, the official Iraqi Alsabah newspaper said on Wednesday, 20 October 2021. 

The first project, dubbed “Al-Faw Thermal Power Station”, has a production capacity of 2,500 megawatts (MW) and is located in the Southern port of Basra, the paper said, quoting Electricity Ministry spokesman Ahmed Al-Abadi. 

The second plant has a capacity of 1,400 MW and is located in the Central Karbala Governorate, Abadi said, adding that this project would be offered to investors. 

Abadi also said Iraq is considering building power stations inside Iran to supply electricity to areas close to that country. 

He said Electricity Minister Adel Karim discussed such proposals with Iran’s Ambassador in Iraq on Tuesday. 

“There was an initial agreement during the meeting for the construction of power stations inside Iran to supply electricity to Iraq...these stations will be totally separate from Iran’s electricity network,” Abadi said. 

He told the paper that the two countries would begin negotiations soon about prices and other issues related to those projects. 

(Writing by Nadim Kawach; Editing by Anoop Menon)

(anoop.menon@refinitiv.com)

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