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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