Two hydro-electric plants in Sulaimaniya province of Iraqi Kurdistan are being renovated at a cost of $40 million [48 billion Iraqi dinars], according to a report from AKnews.
Sirwan Mohammed Mahmoud, the media and relations director at Sulaimaniya electricity office, told the agency that the budget to renovate Darbanikhan (pictured) and Dokan dams comes from a share of the $500 million international loan that was allocated to the Iraqi government; Kurdistan was assigned $85 million of that loan.
Othman Abdul-Rahman, the director for Dokan plant, said at a recent press conference that the protection and control systems at Dokan were initially installed in 1987, and will be replaced with a digital system. Maintaining and finding replacement parts for the old system had become increasingly difficult.
An Italian company is implementing the changes for both plants, and word is expected to be completed within one year.
Darbandikhan plant was constructed in 1961.