Wednesday, 10 February 2016
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Iran to open Al Sadr power plant phase 2 in Iraq

Tehran Times reported that the second unit of the Iranian built Al Sadr power plant in Iraq will come on stream in 30 days.

Mr Mohammad Parsa MD of Iran Power & Water Export of Equipment and Services Company said that the power plant’s first unit came on stream in April, Mehr news agency reported. The USD 150 million, 320 MW power plant, constructed on 25 acres in the Sadr City in northeastern Baghdad has two 160 MW turbines.

Mr Musab al Mudarres Iraqi electricity ministry spokesman said that no power station of this size has been installed in Baghdad in years. Iraq needs more than 15,000 MW to meet peak summer demand. Its supply this summer is projected to be just 7,000 MW.

The new turbines would bring total capacity of the plant to 640 MW. The turbines can be run on natural gas or gasoil. Each unit needs 1 million liters of gasoil a day which requires 80 fuel tanker trucks to travel to the site every day.

Mr Amir Anvari VP of Sunir said that Sunir is in negotiations 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.

Mr Mohammad Behzad deputy energy minister of Iran said in February that Al Sadr power plant in Iraq is an important project. Iran’s electricity export to Iraq will expand, adding that the Islamic republic is plans to build eleven more power plant units and new transmission lines to the tune of 2 GW in that country.

He said that currently we’re exporting 750 MW to 800 MW. With the construction of the 400 KW Karkheh Al Amarah power line the amount of electricity exported to Iraq will climb to over one GW. The Karkheh Al Amarah power line project is being carried out by Iran’s Tavanir Company. He added that the Iranian ministry of energy has plans to export electricity to Lebanon via Iraq and Syria.

(Sourced from Tehran Times)