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India's LANCO has awarded SGS a three-year contract to provide independent inspection services at the Al-Anbar power plant currently under construction in Iraq. Under the deal, SGS will inspect material and equipment on-site, as well as at manufacturer locations in Europe, the US, Asia and the Middle East region. The company has also been tasked with providing on-site quality control checks during construction.
The gas-powered Al-Anbar site is scheduled for completion within three years, and will have a power output of 250 MW when fully operational. SGS state that their testing, inspection and certification methods ensure that environmental harm is diminished and that related environmental regulations are met. The company also claims that natural gas has many environmental advantages for power generation, including lower emissions and smog related gases.
LANCO signed the agreement to build the Al-Anbar power plant in June 2011, as part of Iraq's drive to address the major shortfall between electricity produced and electricity demanded. Al-Anbar province is the largest province in Iraq, located in the west of the country.