In a recent news, Iraq plans to double its electricity generated to 45,000 megawatts (MW) within five years with solar and other renewable energy sources.
Currently, the country produces around 20,000 MW but capacity will sharply increase as part of a five-year development plan devised by the Electricity Ministry said the Ministry’s spokesman Ahmed Al-Abadi.
“The five-year plan comprises expansions and new projects will boost Iraq’s power production to around 45,000 MW at the end of that plan,” Abadi said.
He told that the plan is divided into three parts including short, medium, and long-term stages, adding that phase 1 would see the addition of 5,000 MW by year-end.
The medium-term phase comprises projects that will add 7,000 MW while the rest will be installed in the third stage, he added.
Last month, Abadi said Iraq intends to build several solar power plants and that some of them, with a combined capacity of 3,000 MW would be executed by Total of France and Masdar of Abu Dhabi
Iraq has embarked on a major post-war rebuilding program following massive devastation in its infrastructure and services.
In August the Electricity Ministry signed an initial agreement with the state-owned Power China to build solar power plants with a capacity of 2,000 MW.