The Cabinet held its weekly meeting on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi.

The Cabinet discussed the needs of Iraq’s health sector, and agreed several measures to expand existing capacity and introduce new services. The measures included:

  • Adding additional ward capacity for the treatment of cancer patients at the National Amal Hospital and the National Cancer Centre
  • Establishing general nuclear medicine centres in Anbar, Basra, Babylon, Najaf and Nineveh provinces

The Cabinet discussed other policies and agreed to:

  • Make a one-off payment in the sum of 75,000 dinars to citizens who receive social security benefits on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha
  • Cancel the outstanding debt due from 17,552 families who receive social security support
  • Appoint graduates of medical colleges to positions in the health sector
  • Refer Al-Khairat Power Station Project to the consortium led by Hyundai. This important project will contribute to increased power generation and support the operation of the Karbala Refinery Project
  • Approve a recommendation from the Ministerial Council on Energy in relation to the fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) project at Basra Refinery

The Cabinet reviewed and approved a number of other measures and policies.

(Source: Govt of Iraq)

By John Lee.

During their recent visit to China, the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, accompanied by the Ministers of Transport and Electricity visited the China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), which specializes in transport, energy, communications and heavy engineering equipment.

The company is already involved in the reconstruction of Salah al-Din power station and is in negotiations regarding power stations in Al-Khairat and Karbala.

Iraq’s Electricity Minister Luay al-Khateeb said he hoped to establish a strategic economic partnerships with China, with a focus on the energy sector.

(Source: Iraqi Ministry of Finance)

By John Lee.

During their recent visit to China, the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, accompanied by the Ministers of Transport and Electricity visited the China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), which specializes in transport, energy, communications and heavy engineering equipment.

The company is already involved in the reconstruction of Salah al-Din power station and is in negotiations regarding power stations in Al-Khairat and Karbala.

Iraq’s Electricity Minister Luay al-Khateeb said he hoped to establish a strategic economic partnerships with China, with a focus on the energy sector.

(Source: Iraqi Ministry of Finance)

By John Lee.

During their recent visit to China, the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, accompanied by the Ministers of Transport and Electricity visited the China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), which specializes in transport, energy, communications and heavy engineering equipment.

The company is already involved in the reconstruction of Salah al-Din power station and is in negotiations regarding power stations in Al-Khairat and Karbala.

Iraq’s Electricity Minister Luay al-Khateeb said he hoped to establish a strategic economic partnerships with China, with a focus on the energy sector.

(Source: Iraqi Ministry of Finance)

By John Lee.

The Prime Minister Dr. Haider Al-Abadi chaired a meeting of the Ministerial Committee on Energy (pictured) on Monday.

The meeting discussed the status of power supply and the importance of working to improve it, including a proposed project for 400 KV electric transmission lines on deferred payment basis; a program of maintenance, rehabilitation and equipping of spare parts for the Khairat and Karbala gas power plants; and the rehabilitation of the third and fourth units in al-Doura power plant.

The meeting also discussed the export of flared gas from the Rumaila field to Kuwait until the capacity to capture it is attained, and agreement to run the Amara gas power plant using acid gas instead of gas oil due to its non-availability and the need for the system to operate these units.

(Source: Office of the Prime Minister)

By John Lee.

According to a report from World Bulletin, a new 750-megawatt (MW) power plant in Mosul city is planned to be completed and operating by September 2013.

Build and run by Turkey’s Calik Energy [Calik Enerji], it will be Iraq’s fourth-largest power station; the company’s other plant at al-Khairat in Karbala is the country’s largest, currently generating 1000 MW electricity with eight turbines, but due to increase to 1,250 when two more turbines start operation after the Ramadan holiday (Eid al-Fitr).

Calik will then be producing a combined total of 2,000 MW from the two plants, representing about one-eighth of Iraq’s production.

The Mosul plant employed 110 engineers and 1000 employees, and cost $388.5 million to build.

(Source: World Bulletin)