By John Lee.

A new 300-megawatt steam power plant has been recently opened in Khabat, on the outskirts of Erbil.

The plant, built in partnership with South Korean companies POSCO and the Korean National Oil Company (KNOC), adds 10 percent to the region’s electricity capacity.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani said that Kurdistan’s gas production will also increase in the near future as part of the KRG promise to provide 24 hours electricity.

(Source: KRG)

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)

UNICEF partners with the Republic of Korea to provide water and sanitation services for the most vulnerable children in Iraq

Approximately 3 million children and young people across Iraq need humanitarian support as they try to recover from years of conflict and violence.

The Republic of Korea has partnered with UNICEF and contributed US$1 million to provide water and sanitation services to the most vulnerable children living in displacement camps in Anbar, Ninewa and Salah al Din-areas hardest hit by the violence.

Hamida Lasseko, UNICEF’s Representative in Iraq, said:

“An estimated 30 per cent of displaced children live in camps, where humanitarian needs are greatest. The contribution from the Republic of Korea will ensure we are able to continue providing critical services such as safe drinking water as well as maintaining sanitation facilities to promote hygiene and protect children from preventable diseases.”

In addition to the provision of safe drinking water for nearly 60,000 people in the displacement camps, the contribution from the Korea will support the following activities:

  • care and maintenance of the existing water systems including the network, taps, water tanks and water purification units;
  • care and maintenance for the sanitation facilities, including repair of latrines, showers, toilet pans, and septic tanks;
  • waste collection services;
  • dissemination of information, education, and communication materials on water conservation, safe purification and storage of water, and hygiene awareness sessions will take place to help maintain positive practices in the targeted population.

In 2019, the Water, Hygiene and Sanitation Cluster (WASH) co-led by UNICEF and other non-governmental organizations reached over 1.8 million people with safe water in Ninewa, Salah al Din and Anbar.

(Source: UN)

By John Lee.

GB Auto has reportedly decided to cease its representation of Hyundai passenger cars in Iraq.

According to Daily News Egypt, the company rejected Hyundai’s new multi-distributor strategy, on the basis that such models never yield proper returns on investment.

It adds that Hyundai had a market share of approximately 25 percent last year.

(Source: Daily News Egypt)

By John Lee.

Iraq has reportedly received its 24th and final Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) T-50IQ Fighting Eagle light fighter and trainer aircraft, which is the Iraqi Air Force variant of the T-50 Golden Eagle/FA-50 Fighting Eagle.

According to Janes, the delivery of the final batch of aircraft marks an end to the six-year procurement process that was launched in December 2013.

(Source: Janes)

By John Lee.

South Korea’s Daewoo Engineering & Construction has reportedly won an $86 million order to build a prefabrication yard for a tunnel project at the new Al Faw Grand Port in Basra.

Under the deal with the General Company for Ports of Iraq (GCPI), Daewoo will complete the Khor Al-Zubair immersed tunnel prefabrication yard by October 2021.

According to Yonhap, the deal is the fourth construction project that the company has won in Iraq this year, bringing the total of contracts secured since March to $460 million.

(Source: Yonhap)

(Picture: Kim Hyung, President and CEO, Daewoo Engineering and Construction)

By John Lee.

Zubair oilfield has reportedly reached a production level of 500,000 barrels of crude oil per day (bpd).

According to Business Korea, Kogas made the announcement on Thursday, adding that its “second-stage goal” is 700,000 bpd.

The project is being developed by Eni (32.81%), Kogas (18.75%), Maysan Oil Company (25%), and South Oil Company (23.44%). Occidental had a 23.44 percent share in the field, but relinquished it to the state-owned South Oil Company in October 2016.

(Source: Business Korea)

By John Lee.

South Korea’s Daewoo Engineering & Construction has won a US$70.35 million order to build entrance roads for the new Al Faw Grand Port in Basra.

Under the deal with the General Company for Ports of Iraq (GCPI), Daewoo will complete the 14.5 kilometer-long road by May 2021.

Earlier this year, the company won a contract valued at $199.75 to build Al Faw Container Terminal (Phase 1).

(Sources: General Company for Ports of Iraq, Yonhap)