Chinese firm signs deal for 2GW Iraq solar project

31 Aug 2021
Chinese firm signs deal for 2GW Iraq solar project

Chinese state-owned group Power Construction Corporation of China (Power China) has signed deal with Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity to install 2GW of photovoltaic (PV) solar across several locations in Iraq

Chinese state-owned group Power Construction Corporation of China (Power China) has signed deal with Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity to install 2GW of photovoltaic (PV) solar across several locations in Iraq.

The agreement was signed by China Power’s deputy director general, Li Dzhi, and Maha Hamoudi Abdul-Jabba, director general of the Investments and Contracts Department at Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity.

Power China will develop 750MW of PV solar capacity under the first phase of the agreement.

Iraq is aiming to develop 10GW of PV solar capacity by 2030 as it battles to reduce the supply-demand deficit for electricity in the country, which leaves many areas with long blackout periods during the hot summer months.

In 2018, the installed capacity of 15GW was significantly lower than the 23.5GW peak demand recorded during the year.

According to data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), Iraq currently has 216MW of installed renewables capacity.

Energy & Utilities reported in June that UAE-based Masdar had signed an agreement with the Iraqi government to develop at least 2GW of renewable energy capacity across Iraq.

The projects will be located in central and southern Iraq, which suffer from electricity shortages and blackouts during peak demand in the summer.

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