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Iraq’s cabinet has approved a $363 million (435 billion Iraqi dinar) contract on Tuesday with Egypt’s Orascom Construction to build a 1,014 MW gas-fired power plant in the northern town of Baiji [Beiji, Bayji].

The contract involves building the plant and installing six 169 MW generators which Iraq bought from Siemens in 2008.

The project is expected to be completed within 21 months, Musab al-Mudarres [Musaab al-Mudarris], a spokesman at the electricity ministry, told Reuters.

Iraqi demand for electricity peaked at 15,000 megawatts last year, but the oil-producing nation managed to supply less than half of that.

(Sources: Reuters, Aswat al-Iraq)

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Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has received a $51 million order from the Government of Iraq to provide high-performance tactical communication solutions for a range of security missions.

Iraq is acquiring radios and accessories from both the Harris Falcon II and Falcon III families for its security forces. As part of the order, Harris will provide Falcon III® RF-7800S wideband Secure Personal Radios, Falcon II® RF-5800M multiband handheld radios and RF-5800H high-frequency manpack radios, along with accessories and training services.

“The Falcon family of Harris radios will provide Iraqi security forces with field-proven, secure communications for a broad range of challenging missions,” said Brendan O’Connell, president, International Business, Harris RF Communications. “Harris offers the most complete portfolio of combat-proven tactical radios and related mission-critical products that address current and emerging needs of forces operating in harsh environments.”

The Falcon III RF-7800S is a lightweight body-worn tactical radio that provides full-duplex voice and data communications over 2 kilometers. The RF-5800M-HH is an advanced, multiband, multi-mission handheld radio that provides voice and data in the 30 MHz to 512 MHz frequency range. The RF-5800H is a high-frequency manpack radio for secure, reliable beyond-line-of-site terrestrial communications.

Harris RF Communications is the leading global supplier of secure radio communications and embedded high-grade encryption solutions for military, government and commercial organizations. The company’s Falcon® family of software-defined tactical radio systems encompasses manpack, handheld and vehicular applications. Falcon III is the next generation of radios supporting the U.S. military’s Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) requirements, as well as network-centric operations worldwide. Harris RF Communications is also a leading supplier of assured communications® systems and equipment for public safety, utility and transportation markets — with products ranging from the most advanced IP voice and data networks to portable and mobile single- and multiband radios.

(Source: Harris)

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Shell has announced that it has granted a $63 million contract to build an electricity generation plant for its gas capture project southern Iraq to Swiss engineer ABB Ltd.

Jasser Hanter, general director of the Shell gas project, told reporters that ABB will build two 25 megawatt power plants at Khor al Zubair.

The $17 billion Basra gas project led by Shell and Mitsubishi aims to harvest natural gas that is now flared off by Iraq’s oil production and use it to generate electricity.

(Source: Reuters)

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Iraq’s cabinet announced that it had approved a $998 million oilfield service contract on Tuesday with a South Korean company for the West Qurna 2 oilfield, according to Reuters.

While the memo did not name the company, Samsung Engineering was the only South Korean company on the final shortlist.

Iraq and its partners, Russia’s Lukoil and Norway’s Statoil, had shortlisted five companies to compete for the West Qurna Phase Two oilfield development contract.

The other companies were Saipem, SNC Lavalin Group Inc, Punj Lloyd Ltd, Globalstroy Engineering and South Korea’s Samsung Engineering, an oil official said.

The tenders announced were for the construction of an oil export pipeline, a tank farm at Tuba, a power distribution station and an associated gas processing plant, and also an oil gathering system, central processing facilities and a water supply system.

They are expected to help production at the field hit 150,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) in January 2013, an Iraqi oil official said.

(Sources: Reuters, AKnews)

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French company Alcatel-Lucent will build a $27 million (32 billion IQD) land-line communications network in the provinces of Diayla and Anbar, according to AKnews.

Bassam Salem al-Zaidi, a Diyala Province spokesman, told AKnews that the company will start work “in the coming months” in Diyala, where it will connect 35,000 subscribers at a cost of $13 million USD (15 billion IQD). It will then connect 35,000 subscribers in Anbar.

(Source: AKnews)

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Reuters reports that Iraq has signed a $235-million electricity deal with a subsidiary of Turkey’s Enka Insaat to install a 500-megawatt power plant in the Al-Najibiya district of Basra.

The company will install four General Electric (GE) gas units, each with a capacity of 125 megawatts, within the next 16 months, said electricity minister Karim Aftan.

The green-field project will by financed by the local government of Basra.

(Source: Reuters)

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