Iraq’s Electricity Ministry is developing seven renewable energy projects with potential combined capacity of 830 MW, Ala’a Zamil, head of IPP projects at the Electricity Ministry told the MEED Iraq Power & Gas Projects 2011 Conference on 13 June.

This compares with forecast electricity supply in Iraq excluding the Kurdish this summer of about 7,500 MW.

Zamil said that the proposed projects will be located in the western, central and southern areas of Iraq. The largest potential renewable energy project calls for a geothermal unit in Najaf with proposed capacity of 450 MW. A geothermal plant with capacity of 300 MW is also planned for Al-Kifil. The four proposed solar plants at Rutba, Nukhaib, Al-Ahwar and Al-Salman will have capacity of 10-30 MW, Zamil said.