Iraq to award development of solar power projects to two UAE firms

WCN Editorial Team 24 May 2022 MIDDLE EAST ENERGY & UTILITIES

The Government of Iraq is set to award contracts for construction of solar power plants to two UAE companies in an effort to increase its dependence on renewable sources of energy, reported Iraqi daily Alsabah.

The two undisclosed firms will construct five solar power plants in the Western Alanbar Governorate, bordering the neighbouring Iran.

These plants, once operational, will have a total production capacity of 150MW, the media outlet reported, quoting Alanbar’s Deputy Governor Jassim Abdullah.

Abdullah added: “We have agreed with two UAE companies to build those plants which will contribute to tackling power shortages in the Governorate.”

The contracts will be signed shortly, with the projects expected to be completed with 18 months after the date of signing.

The governorate has formed a “renewable energy team” to monitor solar power projects.

These power facilities will be constructed on two selected locations.

Earlier, Iraq awarded contracts to France-based Total, Abu Dhabi-based Masdar and other firms to construct solar power stations to boost renewable in its energy mix.

Meanwhile, last week, Italy and Iraq held discussions on two possible projects, one to restore 6,000-year-old city of Ur in Dhi Qar governorate to boost tourism, and the other, to build a dam on the Shatt al-Arab waterway in the Basra governorate to prevent salt water from mixing with fresh water in the river.

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Image: These plants, once operational, will have a total production capacity of 150MW. Credit: PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay.

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