Iraq’s cabinet on 4 June directed the Ministry of Electricity to invite Dubai-based Amea Power to provide a “single-sourced” offer to build a 500MW solar plant “with the option of adding batteries [storage].” The directive suggests that Amea could be sped through lengthy internal pre-qualification and contracting procedures, easing filing for an ‘investment opportunity’ license for the project from the National Investment Commission.

Iraq is a Mena laggard in terms of renewables (see p14) but has approved a number of solar projects, the most advanced of which is TotalEnergies’ planned 1GW Basra facility which is due to begin supplying the grid in 2025 (MEES, 12 April). (CONTINUED - 104 WORDS)