Iran is in the process of building a gas-fired combined cycle power plant in Iraq’s Basra in the country’s biggest engineering services deal to date.

The project, being carried out by Iran’s MAPNA Group, aims to add 3000 MW of badly needed electric power to Iraq’s national grid.
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According to Press TV, The deal, signed with the Iraqi-Jordanian Shamara Group, follows MAPNA’s successful implementation of Najaf and Baghdad power plants which will imminently receive the Iranian gas through a pipeline to begin operation.

The facility will be completed in four years, with the first unit expected to join the national grid in early 2017. The deal includes the Iraqi government’s guaranteed purchase of the electricity produced at the power plant for 15-17 years, MAPNA will supply equipment, including gas and steam turbines and boilers besides engineering and supervising the project.

Security issues have been taken into account in deciding to build the facility in Rumaila in the relatively stable southern Basra which is only 60 km from the Iranian city of Ahvaz.

Iran is playing a central role in the development plan through building a separate pipeline which will carry its gas to the power plants in Najaf as well as Sadr City in Baghdad and al-Mansuriya south of the Iraqi capital.