Basra province is planning to build a 3000-megawatt power generation station in a coastal area overlooking the Gulf, Basra's governor's adviser announced on Wednesday.
Central regulations prevent the local provinces from contracting for power generation stations more than 30 megawatts, but the governor has called on the central government to give permission to enter direct contracts.
Mundhir Hashim told Aswat al-Iraq that the province has already begun preliminary planning for the station.
The cost of the station is expected to be $2.5 billion dollars [3 trillion Iraqi dinars] and it is to be financed from the petrodollar revenues generated in the province.
In addition, the station will produce no less than 300,000 cubic meters of potable water per day, which will meet the needs of the province of pure water.
The feasibility studies will be completed within three years, as Hashim said.
(Source: Aswat al-Iraq)