Basra will bypass ministry on power cuts
Incomplete plant extension leaves Basra with power deficit
Basra has threatened to bypass Iraq’s electricity ministry if power cuts during peak summer periods are not dealt with.
Plans to boost the city’s 120 megawatt Nejaibiya power plant by 500 megawatts have stalled, as local councils have failed to finance the assembly of a series of new GE power units purchased by the ministry. According to an AFP report, $244m was allocated for the project from 2010’s budget, with provincial councilor Sabah al-Bazuni commenting: “If the project will not be implemented by the ministry of electricity, we will approve it and do it ourselves.”
According to a spokesman from the ministry, the infrastructure was due to be constructed by a Saudi-Korean consortium, and has been delayed by a dispute between the firms.