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Electricity: We intend to add 7,500 megawatts of solar energy

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Electricity: We intend to add 7,500 megawatts of solar energy

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Economy News - Baghdad


The Ministry of Electricity confirmed, on Thursday, that the ministry's near and medium plan requires adding 7,500 megawatts of solar energy, stressing that the government's direction is to activate solar energy projects and clean energies to produce electricity in Iraq.

The ministry's spokesman, Ahmed Al-Abadi, said in a statement seen by "Al-Iqtisad News", that "the ministry's near and medium plan, whose duration ranges between one and three years, provides for the addition of 7,500 megawatts of solar energy, and there is great coordination with local administrations and governors to allocate plots of land to create such These are vital and important projects.

He added, "The ministry has made great strides in negotiating with the French company (Total) to establish a project to add 1,000 megawatts of solar energy in the Artawi area in Basra Governorate, in addition to holding talks with an Emirati company, which has reached advanced stages to establish solar energy projects in the governorates of Samawah and Anbar. In addition, the first licensing round was referred to 755 megawatts after studying it technically and economically.

And he indicated that "these projects are currently in the Investment Authority and include five governorates, namely (Babylon, Najaf, Karbala, Samawah and Diwaniyah)."

He stressed that "the ministry is serious about implementing these projects and referring them for implementation to produce 7,500 megawatts of solar energy as quickly as possible, especially since the government's direction is to activate solar and clean energy projects to produce electricity in Iraq."

Yesterday, Wednesday, under the patronage of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, an agreement of principles was signed between the Ministry of Electricity and the Chinese Power China Company, regarding the establishment of solar power plants with a capacity of 2000 megawatts, to be implemented with a capacity of 750 megawatts as a first stage, up to a capacity of 2000 megawatts.

It was signed on the Iraqi side by the Director General of the Investments and Contracts Department at the Ministry of Electricity Maha Hamoudi Abdul-Jabbar, while the Chinese Deputy General Manager Li Dzhi signed on behalf of the company.

The solar energy project is one of the first pioneering projects in Iraq, and it is being implemented for the first time, and it will contribute to increasing the production of electrical energy, to supply the system with clean renewable energy.

The Ministry of Oil had announced earlier the signing of a contract with the Emirati company "Masdar" to implement solar energy projects to produce 2000 megawatts of electricity, which includes setting up solar energy investment projects in the center and south of the country.

The Minister of Oil, Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar, who also chairs the Ministerial Energy Council, confirmed that Iraq is implementing a plan to replace clean energy with energy produced by fossil fuels (oil and gas), at a rate of 20 to 25% of the energy produced, noting that

"the signing with the Emirati (Masdar) company Which is one of the discreet specialized international companies, an important step for the development of the clean energy investment sector and the exploitation of solar energy in Iraq."

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