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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The second unit of the Iranian-built Al Sadr power plant in Iraq will come on stream in 30 days, the managing director of Iran Power & Water Export of Equipment and Services Company (Sunir), Mohammad Parsa, said here. The power plant’s first unit came on stream in April according to a report.The US$150 million, 320-megawatt power plant, constructed on 25 acres in the Sadr City in northeastern Baghdad, has two 160-MW turbines. "No power station of this size has been installed in Baghdad in years," Iraqi electricity ministry spokesman Musab al-Mudarres said, Reuters reported. Iraq needs more than 15,000 MW to meet peak summer demand. Its supply this summer is projected to be just 7,000 megawatts, the Electricity Minister said in April 2011.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. 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, Sunir Vice President Amir Anvari said.Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Mohammad Behzad said in February that Al Sadr power plant in Iraq is an important project. He said 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 gigawatts in that country. “Currently we’re exporting 750-800 MW,” he said, adding, “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,” Behzad explained. - Mehr
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