Iraq signs electricity deals with GE, Siemens

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September 28, 2008 10:30

 
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An Iraqi official says the country has signed preliminary deals with General Electric Co. and Siemens AG for boosting the country's electricity generation. Electricity Ministry spokesman Aziz Sultan says Iraq also has signed a similar memorandum of understanding with a third company but he has no details about it. The deals are meant to upgrade the country's power grid, which has been ravaged by years of war, sanctions and neglect. Speaking Sunday, Sultan says GE will supply turbines to some of Iraq's power plants. Lengthy power outages have been common in Iraq, with some Baghdad areas getting as little as four hours of electricity a day. They become a major cause of discontent during the summer's months when the heat is punishing.

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