TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian announced that the country’s engineering companies can compete with foreign companies in providing engineering and technical services in various fields, including design and construction of water and sewage treatment plants.
Chitchian stressed that Iranian experts are presently fully capable of constructing dams, hydroelectric power plants, water and wastewater treatment plant and transition pipes in various sizes.
He further added that his ministry is currently in charge of implementation of several water and wastewater projects in Iraq with the total value of $1.6bln.
He reiterated the government’s support for companies active in the export sector.
Last week, Iraq inaugurated a power plant made by Iranian experts and engineers near the Southern city of Najaf.
The 500-MW power station became operational in a ceremony attended by Iranian and Iraqi energy ministers in Heidarieh area which is located about 25 km North of Najaf.
The facility, which was entirely designed and constructed by Iran’s MAPNA Group during a three-year period, will supply electricity to Najaf.
“The Islamic Republic is prepared to promote all-out relations with Iraq, specially in the electricity sector,” Chitchian said during the ceremony.
He pointed to Iran’s capacities and potentials, and said, “We stand ready to help the Iraqi government and nation to make progress.”
Iran’s annual electricity exports to Iraq are valued at one billion dollars, with Baghdad importing 1,300 MW of electricity from Iran per day.
The Islamic Republic is currently exporting electricity to Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Pakistan.
Iran and Iraq have enjoyed growing ties ever since the overthrow of the former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, during the 2003 US invasion of the Muslim country.
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