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.
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.
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.