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Iraq's Electricity Ministry has announced that it has agreed a two year contract with United Arab Emirates' Oilfield Services for the provision of 250 MW of electricity per day. The development, announced in Gulf News, is a move to address Iraq’s power shortages as summer approaches.
Under the deal, United Arab Emirates' Oilfield Services will provide two power plants docked on ships in Basra in southern Iraq. The plants are expected to be connected by the end of July and will help offset the power shortages in the country where demand last year was double grid capacity at peak times. The two year deal is said to be based on a price of 7.5 cents per kilowatt hour.
In an earlier announcement to Gulf News, deputy electricity minister Salam Qazaz had stated that Iraq was aiming to increase the national grid capacity by around 1,500 MW this year.