Iranian power development firm Sunir has inaugurated a $150m, 320 MW power plant in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.
The plant, constructed on 25 acres in the Sadr City slum in northeastern Baghdad, has two 160 MW turbines, one of which was linked to the national grid on Sunday. The other is scheduled to be hooked up next month, Reuters reported.
Sunir Vice President Amir Anvari said the company plans to install two more gas operated units in a second phase of the plant and should sign a contract for the project in about a month.
The new turbines would bring the total capacity of the plant to 640 MW. The turbines can be run on natural gas or gasoil. Each unit needs 1m litres of diesel per day, which requires 80 fuel tanker trucks to travel to the site daily.
"There is a real problem in transferring fuel to this plant ... with these unpaved roads, traffic jams and (security) checkpoints," said Ghalib al-Zamili, the head of the energy committee of Baghdad's provincial council.
Sunir is in talks with the ministry to install a natural gas pipeline between Iran and Iraq to feed the Sadr City power station and another in northern Baghdad, Anvari said.
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