Iraq's cabinet has approved a $363 million (435 billion Iraqi dinar) contract on Tuesday with Egypt's Orascom Construction to build a 1,014 MW gas-fired power plant in the northern town of Baiji [Beiji, Bayji].
The contract involves building the plant and installing six 169 MW generators which Iraq bought from Siemens in 2008.
The project is expected to be completed within 21 months, Musab al-Mudarres [Musaab al-Mudarris], a spokesman at the electricity ministry, told Reuters.
Iraqi demand for electricity peaked at 15,000 megawatts last year, but the oil-producing nation managed to supply less than half of that.
(Sources: Reuters, Aswat al-Iraq)