$300m Iraqi generation project begins
Five new power plants are under construction by Turkish firm Lanka
Turkish energy company Lanka has begun construction on a series of power plants in the Hamam al-Aleel district of Iraq, in a bid to mitigate the effects of power outages at peak summer periods.
As many as five generation facilities are planned, each with a capacity of up to 130 megawatts, and at $300 million the construction is somewhat more expensive than the original $200 million deal struck for the construction of four plants in early May.
Lanka is also to be responsible for the construction of a $267 million six-unit deal signed with the Nineveh energy directorate in February this year, as the Iraqi government attempts to raise its generation capacity from 9,000 megawatts to the estimated summer demand of 14,000 megawatts.