Iraq has signed a $1.2bn contract for 1 GW in generation capacity with the Canadian Alliance for Power Generation Equipment (Capgent), the country’s electricity ministry has said.

Ten stations, each of 100 MW, and will be built over 12 months, said the ministry’s statement, according to Reuters.

Ministry spokesman Musa’ab Al Mudaris said the power plants will be installed in Iraq’s western Anbar and central Salaheddin provinces and will be constructed within 12 months from start of work, said media reports.

The new plants are among 50 power stations Baghdad aims to install as an emergency plan to combat electricity shortages, he said.

Capgent is a builder of thermal and diesel plant power plants, based in Vancouver.

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