The Provincial Council of Thi Qar [Dhi Qar] has announced that the ministry of electricity has approved the award of a contract to build a 500-megawatt power station to a local company.
Aswat al-Iraq reports that the council expects the work to start this month, after verifying the company's records and abilities.
The contract had previously been withdrawn after the resignation of ex-electricity minister Raad Shalal, as Deputy Premier for Energy Affairs Hussein Shahristani cancelled all contracts with Iraqi companies.
There are two power generation stations in Thi Qar. The first was built by a Russian company in 1978 and has a capacity of 800 megawatts, and the second is the gas powered station with 40 megawatt capacity.
(Source: Aswat al-Iraq)