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Japan agrees loan for Hartha plant refit in Iraq

Undisclosed amount for refurbishment of fourth 200MW unit in Basrah.

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Japan International Cooperation Agency has agreed a loan for the rehabilitation of the fourth unit at the Al Hartha Thermal Power Plant in Iraq.

The agreement for an undisclosed amount was signed by Iraq's Ambassador to Japan, Dr. Alaa al-Hashemi, Iraqi news agency AIN reported quoting a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Located in the southern province Basrah, Al Hartha was commissioned in 1979 and consists of four 200MW units designed to reach a total output of 800 MW.

In 2010, the control system of unit 1 was destroyed by a fire while units 2 and 3 were damaged during the First Gulf War and out of operation since then.

The first unit was back up and running in 2010 while the second and third units were scheduled to be rehabilitated by the end of last year.

Germany’s Siemens won the contract for the work on the first three units.

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