* Three Turkish companies win contracts worth $900 mln
* For power plants in Baghdad, Kerbala and Nineveh
* To boost Iraq's power capacity by 2,500 MW
By Aseel Kami
BAGHDAD, Oct 10 Iraq's Electricity Ministry said
on Sunday it has awarded more than $900 million in contracts to
three Turkish companies to install 20 gas turbines that will
boost Iraq's power generating capacity by 2,500 megawatts.
The turbines, which were purchased previously from General
Electric (GE.N), provide 125 MW each. They were part of a deal
Iraq signed in 2008 with GE for 56 gas turbines and with Siemens
(SIEGn.DE) for 16 gas turbines.
"The signing of the contracts will take place this week,"
the ministry said in a statement.
Calik Enerji won a $445.5 million contract to build a plant
and install 10 turbines in Kerbala province in southern Iraq,
the ministry said.
Turkish construction firm Enka Insaat won a $267.5 million
deal to build a power plant and install six turbines in Nineveh
province in northern Iraq.
A Turkish company called Eastern Lights will install four
turbines in an existing plant in Baghdad under a contract worth
$204.8 million, the ministry said.
Seven years after the U.S.-led invasion Iraq's national grid
still only supplies a few hours of power each day.
An official said the turbines should be installed within 15
to 24 months.
(Reporting by Aseel Kami; Editing by Jim Loney, Greg Mahlich)