Iraq's electricity problem could be solved by the end of the 2013, according to Iraq's deputy prime-minister with responsibility for energy.
Husain al-Shahristani (pictured) told local reporters, “this year power output will reach 9,000 megawatts and skyrocket to 20,000 megawatts in 2013”.
AKnews reports that he made the remarks as he inaugurated a new 400MW power station in Diwaniya. According to AIN, the project consists of two 200MW units installed by South Korea's STX.
Shahristani said Iraq had 20 major power construction contracts with foreign firms and these are to be completed before 2013.
If all goes according to plan, he said, Iraq might have surplus electricity for exports in 2013.