Iraq faces another summer of electricity problems

Electricity Ministry will only minimally improve power supply this summer, amidst ongoing protests over government service failures.
Turkey's Energy Minister Taner Yildiz (R) speaks at a joint news conference with Hussain al-Shahristani, Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs in Baghdad March 28, 2011. (MOHAMMED AMEEN/Reuters)

BAGHDAD - Iraq's Electricity Ministry is expressing cautious optimism about an improvement in electricity service this summer, following a heat wave in 2010 that saw regular blackouts, deadly protests and the ouster of the electricity minister.

Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs Hussain al-Shahristani signed a $388 million contract Monday with Calik Enerji to build a 750 megawatt power plant in Nineva province, during a visit a Turkish political and business delegation, led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Energy Minister Taner Yildiz, an Electricity Ministry statement said.

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