Includes expedited fuel delivery

Iraq’s cabinet approves contracts with private companies to boost power supply

BAGHDAD – Iraq’s Council of Ministers approved a proposal from the federal Ministry of Electricity on Thursday to sign contracts with private companies to supply additional power to the national grid using a “take and pay” method for three months, with an option for renewal based on need.

During a regular meeting chaired by Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani, the cabinet also decided to authorize the public Oil Products Distribution Company to deliver fuel to private power plants as quickly as possible to increase power production. This decision comes amid widespread complaints about ongoing power outages across the country as Iraqis grapple with extreme heat.

The cabinet also decided to activate the memorandums of understanding signed with Turkey during the April visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Baghdad.

Additionally, Prime Minister Al-Sudani directed the formation of a special committee from the Investment Commission and the advisory body at the prime minister’s office to study proposed amendments to the country’s investment system.