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Iranian-Built Power Plant Opens

Iranian-Built Power Plant Opens

By John Lee.

Iraq has inaugurated a 162-MW power station designed and built by Iran’s MAPNA Group in the Heidarieh district, some 25 km north of Najaf.

Iran’s PressTV reports that the opening ceremony on Thursday was attended by the Iranian and Iraqi energy ministers.

According to the report, Iran’s Energy Minister, Hamid Chitchian, said his country is prepared to promote “all-out relations” with Iraq, especially in the electricity sector.

Iran’s annual electricity exports to Iraq are valued at one billion dollars, with Baghdad importing 1,300 MW of electricity from Iran.

(Source: PressTV)

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French to Help Develop Electricity Sector

French to Help Develop Electricity Sector

By John Lee.

Iraq’s Minister of Electricity, Qasim Mohammad Abid Hammadi al-Fahadawi [Qassim al-Fahdawi] held a meeting with the French Ambassador to Iraq, Marc Barety, on Sunday.

The Ambassador congratulated the Minister on his new role, and assured the Minister of the full support of the French government and private sector companies in the development of Iraq’s electricity infrastructure.

(Source: Ministry of Electricity)

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Iran Water, Electricity Projects Worth over $1.3bn

Iran Water, Electricity Projects Worth over $1.3bn

By John Lee.

Iranian companies are reported to be implementing water and electricity projects in Iraq worth over $1.3 billion (1.5 trillion Iraqi dinars).

According to an article from Trend, an Iranian Energy Ministry official said Iranian companies were currently working on 31 projects in Iraq in these sectors, and added that he expects more Iranian companies to invest in water and electricity projects in Iraq in the future.

The Iranian ambassador to Iraq, Hassan Danayeefar [Hassan Danae Fer] (pictured), is reported to have said in April that Iran exports 80 percent of its technical and engineering services to Iraq, and that the Iraqi market could absorb $500 billion worth of investment in that sector.

(Source: Trend)

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$240m Iraq Desalination Contract

$240m Iraq Desalination Contract

By John Lee.

A consortium has been awarded a $240-million engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) order from Iraq’s Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works to build pretreatment facilities at a desalination plant in Basra.

Japan’s Hitachi and Veolia Environnement of France have won $100 million of the total, with Egyptian engineering firm ArabCo getting the rest for civil engineering, construction, and on- site installation work.

Construction is scheduled to begin in immediately, with completion scheduled for April 2017.

The pretreatment facilities include surrounding river water intake facilities and water transport networks, for which he Japanese government has provided loan assistance.

According to WaterWorld, the contract is an addition to an earlier EPC and five-year operation and maintenance deal, won by the Franco-Japanese consortium, for the Basra plant.

The Basra reverse osmosis (RO) desalination plant will be the largest facility of its kind in Iraq, capable of supplying drinking water at 199,000 m3/d.

(Sources: Desalination & Water Reuse, WaterWorld)

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Iraq Seeks to Increase Electricity Imports

Iraq Seeks to Increase Electricity Imports

By John Lee.

Iraq’s new Minister of Electricity, Qasim Mohammad Abid Hammadi al-Fahadawi [Qassim al-Fahdawi] (pictured), is to travel to Iran on Tuesday to hold talks on electricity imports.

At a meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Hamid Chitchian, the Minister will also discuss the expansion of economic ties between Tehran and Baghdad.

In 2013, the two sides agreed to increase electricity exports from Iran to Iraq by 500 megawatts.

Tasnim News Agency reports that Iranian companies have so far completed 10 projects in Iraq in the area of water and electricity, and another 27 projects valued at $1.245 billion (1.45 trillion Iraqi dinars) are still in progress.

(Source: Tasnim News Agency)

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GE’s to Provide Turbines to Iraq

GE’s to Provide Turbines to Iraq

GE (NYSE: GE) has signed a contract with ENKA to supply power generation equipment for a new 750-megawatt (MW) combined-cycle plant being developed by Qaiwan Group in Iraq.

GE will provide four 9E gas turbines and one steam turbine for a new power plant in Sulaimaniyah to support the government’s goal of strengthening the electricity infrastructure in the Kurdistan region.

GE has played a key role in supporting the region’s focus on providing uninterrupted power for its people and driving industrial growth. Through its regional partnerships, GE’s turbines support more than 90 percent of the electricity generated in the Kurdistan region, supplying nearly 20 hours of electricity a day.

The new power plant in Bazyan marks the fourth power project that GE is supporting with its heavy-duty gas turbine technologies in the region.

The Erbil, Sulaiymaniyah and Dohuk plants, powered by 24 GE 9E gas turbines, produce more than 3,000 MW, the equivalent to the required annual energy needs of approximately 3 million households in Iraq. The Bazyan plant will help deliver power to an additional 750,000 households.

Saad Hassan, CEO of Qaiwan Company, said:

“The Bazyan power plant is expected to address the growing demand for power in the Kurdistan region. Our objective is to enhance its operations through a combined-cycle plant with reliable and advanced technologies that contribute to greater efficiency in the long run. GE’s gas and steam turbines are an ideal fit to our requirements.”

Fehmi Bayramoglu, member of the executive committee, ENKA said:

“The Bazyan project is one of our key contracts in the region, which we are committed to developing as per an aggressive project schedule. Having worked with GE on three earlier projects in the region, we are confident of the additional value that the company’s technologies bring to the project.”

Mohammed Mohaisen, CEO, GE Power Generation Products and Services Sales, Middle East and North Africa said:

“With over 40 years of presence in Iraq, GE is committed to supporting its developmental goals to build a strong electricity infrastructure. Our contract for the Bazyan power plant is the fourth with ENKA in this region, highlighting the trust of our partners in delivering advanced technologies that strengthen the efficiency of power projects. GE’s gas and steam turbines will assist in enhancing plant operations that support the rapidly growing industrial area of Bazyan.”

(Source: GE)

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Electricity Minister Meets with US Ambassador

Electricity Minister Meets with US Ambassador

By John Lee.

Iraq’s Electricity Minister, Qassim Fahdawi [Qassim al-Fahdawi], has met the American ambassador Stuart E Jones to discuss the participation of American companies in developing the country’s electricity infrastructure.

In addition to possible new sources of gas for electricity generation, the Minister also pointed out the opportunities available in renewable energy, including solar and wind.

The meeting as also attended by the Chairman of Anbar Provincial Council.

(Source: Ministry of Electricity)

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Enka Wins $4.5bn Power Plant Deal

Enka Wins $4.5bn Power Plant Deal

By John Lee.

Turkish construction giant Enka has reportedly struck a deal with the Iraqi government to build two natural gas combined cycle plants in Baghdad and Sulaymaniyah.

The two projects combined are expected to provide 3,000 megawatts to the Iraqi grid.

According to the report from Daily Sabah, the deal, covering the construction of the plants, has an estimated value of around $4.5 billion [5.2 trillion Iraqi dinars].

Enka currently has four other construction projects in northern Iraq.

(Source: Daily Sabah)

[Picture: Enka project at West Qurna-2]

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