Baghdad awards $940m power plant

06 December 2007
China’s Shanghai Heavy Industry has been awarded a $940m contract for the construction of a power plant in Iraq. The 1,320 MW plant will be located in Kut, in the Wasit province, 150 kilometres south of Baghdad.

Iraqi deputy electricity minister Salam al-Qazaz and the governor of Wasit province led a delegation to China earlier in the week to sign the contract for the project.

The country has an installed capacity of 5,000 MW, but needs approximately 9,500 MW. Electricity Minister Karim Waheed recently said that Iraq would need $25bn by 2015 to double its power generation capacity.

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