The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) plans to tender a series of independent power projects (IPPs) to be built in Iraqi Kurdistan.

The first phase of the IPP programme will have a capacity of 2,000MW and will comprise several power plants.

The KRG plans to follow the first phase with subsequent phases that will add a total of 6,000MW generation capacity to the grid.

International developers will be eligible to participate in the tender, as well as local companies.

According to an industry source, the IPP programme will be announced by the KRG before the end of June.

The announcement of Kurdistan’s plans to develop an IPP programme closely follows news that Baghdad has cancelled its scheme to develop four IPPs totalling 2,750MW power generation capacity. Bids were invited in February before Iraq’s cabinet cancelled the tender in May (MEED 10:6:11).