Iraq has completed a project to link its power network with that of nearby Turkey as part of plans to set up common electricity grids with most neighboring countries, Iraq’s Electricity Minister was quoted on Thursday as saying.
Adel Karim said the project, on the cards for years, could supply Iraq with nearly 5,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity, to rise later to 12,000 MW.
“The project for power link with Turkey is now ready but it will be commissioned once it is approved by Turkey,” Karim said, quoted by Aliqtisad News and other publications.
Karim said Iraq has finished the installations of power supply cables and sub-stations as part of that project, which passes through the Northern Kurdistan region.
He said Iraq is pushing ahead with link-up plans with other neighbors and that it would be able to export electricity within 4 years.
Iraq has signed agreements for joint power grids with Jordan and the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council as part of post-war plans to rebuild its services and utilities. It has also finalized deals with a number of companies to build solar power plants.
(Writing by Nadim Kawach; Editing by Anoop Menon)
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