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According to a newspaper, two solar power projects were awarded by Iraq to Chinese companies. This is in accordance with a historic agreement between the two countries signed in 2019.
These two solar projects are situated in Southern Muthanna Governorate, bordering Saudi Arabia. They are part of a series that Iraq has awarded to foreign companies as part of a strategy to grow the dependence on solar energy.
Both the projects have a combined capacity of 130 MW, and 500 MW each. They are located in different areas within the Governorate.
“The Electricity Ministry awarded the projects to Chinese companies that have begun working on them,” Muthanna’s Assistant Governor, Hamid Al Hassani stated.
In line with plans to increase renewable energy to 20% of the energy mix in the future, Iraq awarded several solar power contracts over the last months to Total of France and to other foreign companies.
Iraq is OPEC’s second-largest oil producer is currently experiencing severe power shortages as a result of damage to the energy sector in the war. It heavily relies on imports from Iran, which has been causing serious problems.