MIL Major Iraq power station back online

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    Major Iraq power station back online

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    BAGHDAD (AFP) - A major power station in Iraq has been brought back on line, restoring power to around 81,000 homes in the war-ravaged country.


    The Qudas plant north of Baghdad was renovated in an eight-month operation by Iraqi workers and employees of US giant General Electric.

    "We added 90 megawatts of electricity to the Baghdad power grid, that's huge," a US military statement quoted Captain Steve Heinz as saying on Monday. "The project was a 50-50 mix of Iraqi labor and GE employees who also provided labor and oversight."

    On Saturday, the military announced that renovation work on a key electric substation in Baghdad had also been completed, paving the way for improvements to Iraq's decrepit power grid.

    "Reliable electric service is high on any Baghdad resident's wish list," it said in a statement.

    The 100-million-dollar project at the Al-Ameen facility took about 10 months to complete and employed up to 600 mostly Iraqi workers at its peak.

    The substation does not produce electricity or deliver it directly to homes however, but distributes power to smaller substations located all over Baghdad.

    According to US army engineer Henry Shelton: "The next step is to rewire individual residences. Then people will really see the difference."

    "Rewiring individual houses across an entire city is an extremely labor-intensive task, so it will take time."

    Iraqis have suffered from serious power shortages since UN sanctions were imposed after former president Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait in August 1990.

    According to a recent study by the UN Development Program, three quarters of Iraqi homes suffer power cuts. Around Baghdad, 92 percent of the area's 1.1 million households experience electricity outages.


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