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butterfly     Iraq Plans to Build 10 Gigawatts of Solar Projects Over 10 Years

(Bloomberg) —  Iraq awarded seven projects to generate solar power as part of a plan to produce 10 gigawatts of solar energy by the end of 2030, Iraq Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul Jabbar said in a statement.

The solar power projects are located across the country and will generate a total of 750 megawatts, according to the ministry statement that did not disclose the names of the companies which won the contracts. The biggest plant will be located in Karbala province, with a designed capacity of 300 megawatts. The other plants will be in the provinces of Babel, Muthanna and Wasit, it said.

Iraq, the second-biggest producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, is seeking to generate 20% of its total power production capacity from renewable sources to help ease the pressure on the country’s hydrocarbon-powered electricity plants. Iraqis continue to experience several hours of power outages every day.

Iraq is in discussions with international companies such as Total SA and some Norwegian developers to build more renewable energy projects in the country, Abdul Jabbar said. Total has expressed readiness to work on renewable energy projects in Iraq, according to the statement.

https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/iraq-plans-to-build-10-gigawatts-of-solar-projects-over-10-years-1.1566646

butterfly  2021-02-21 08:16   Shafaq News/ A security source stated that al-Tarmiyah operations would meet a resolution point in few hours.

The source informed Shafaq News Agency, “the military operations in al-Tarmiyah district are about to end, after achieving their objectives.”

The source added, “the command will officially announce the completion of the goals set for the operation,” indicating, “the situation is very calm in the district.”

Over the past two days, security forces have been conducting security operations to purify al-Tarmiyah district of the sleeper cells of ISIS, which resulted in the arrest of leaders of the organization.

https://shafaq.com/en/Kurdistan/Al-Tarmiyah-operations-achieved-its-goals-a-source-says

butterfly   Half a million displaced persons to receive COVID-19 vaccines

2021-02-21 08:42   Shafaq News/ COVID-19 vaccination rollouts will include half a million immigrant and internally displaced persons, the Ministry of Displacement and Migration stated today, Sunday.

In a statement received by Shafaq News Agency, Minister Evan Faeq Jabro said, “the displaced and refugees in displacement camps will receive the novel Coronavirus vaccine.”

The Minister added that nearly 500,000 IDP residents would be eligible to receive the vaccine, hoping that the upcoming batches can cover the largest population possible.

The Minister expressed her gratitude for the efforts of the Ministry of Health and the White Army, “which made the displaced and their safety among its major concerns and never failed to provide health care to the Ministry’s care categories.”   The Iraqi Ministry of Health and Environment announced earlier today, Sunday, that the COVID-19 vaccine should arrive in the country at the end of this month, February.

https://shafaq.com/en/Iraq-News/Half-a-million-displaced-persons-to-receive-COVID-19-vaccines

butterfly   2021-02-21 08:30 The Iraqi Minister of Interior arrives in al-Riyadh   Shafaq News/ The Iraqi Minister of Interior, Othman Al-Ghanmi, arrived on Sunday in Riyadh, the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on an official visit.

The statement of the media office of the Minister of Interior said that the Minister of Interior, Othman Al-Ghanimi, arrived in Saudi Arabia flanked by a high-ranking delegation.

The statement did not disclose the goals of al-Ghanmi’s visit.

https://shafaq.com/en/Iraq-News/The-Iraqi-Minister-of-Interior-arrives-in-al-Riyadh

butterfly  PM hosts the Dutch ambassador to Iraq

2021-02-21 07:19   Shafaq News / The Prime Minister of the Kurdistan government, Masrour Barzani, praised the Dutch industrial and agricultural prowess highlighting the value that the Dutch expertise can add to Kurdistan in this field.

The Presidency of the Regional Government said in a statement received by Shafaq News Agency that the Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, today, received the Dutch Ambassador to Iraq, Michel Rentenaar, and the Dutch Consul General to the Kurdistan Region, Hans Akerboom.

According to the statement, the Dutch ambassador expressed his country’s readiness to develop prospects for cooperation with the Kurdistan Region and stressed the need to continue training and support the Peshmerga forces in the war against terrorism.

The Prime Minister thanked the Netherlands for its continuous support and shed light on the reforms being undertaken by the government, especially in the field of diversification of sources of income and the development of the industrial and agricultural sectors, indicating that there is a window of opportunity for the Kurdistan Region to benefit from the experiences of the Netherlands in this field.

The meeting highlighted the importance of implementing the Sinjar agreement in a way that guarantees security and stability in the region, according to the statement.

https://shafaq.com/en/Kurdistan/Kurdistan-PM-hosts-the-Dutch-ambassador-to-Iraq Kurdistan

butterfly   Shiite blocks refuse to resolve the region’s share in the budget, MP says

2021-02-21 06:40   Shafaq News/ Negotiations over the Kurdistan Region’s share of the Federal 2021 budget continue amid Shiite tenacity, member of the Parliamentary Finance Committee stated earlier today, Sunday.

Committee member, Jamal Kocher, said in a statement to Shafaq News Agency, “the Parliamentary Finance Committee was able to resolve all problems and disputes related to the General Budget Law for 2021, except for the share of Kurdistan Region.”

He added, “the Shiite blocs still refuse to settle the region’s share of the budget. Moreover, it did not develop a new formula that replaces the formula stipulated in the budget bill.”

“The political dialogues and negotiations are proceeding between the blocs and the Kurdish delegation. We hope to resolve the issue this week.”   https://shafaq.com/en/Iraq-News/Shiite-blocks-refuse-to-resolve-the-region-s-share-in-the-budget-MP-says

butterfly  vKRG in a race against time to finalize the Regional 2021 budget resolution

2021-02-21 06:11   Shafaq News/ The Ministries of Finance and Planning in Kurdistan Region held a meeting today, Sunday, to resume preparations for the Regional 2021 budget resolution.

The Minister of Planning, Dara Rashid, highlighted the continuing efforts to complete the current year’s budget.

Rashid said, “we shall finalize the resolution according to the schedule and submit it to the Parliament for approval.”  https://shafaq.com/en/Kurdistan/KRG-in-a-race-against-time-to-finalize-the-Regional-2021-budget-resolution

butterfly   Dozens arrested in the ongoing security operations north of Baghdad

2021-02-21 11:00  Shafaq News/ Dozens of ISIS militants were arrested during the ongoing security operation north of Baghdad.

A security source told Shafaq News Agency that the Iraqi army and al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces-PMF) had arrested ISIS militants in al-Tarmiyah, indicating that the operations are underway pursuing other terrorists.

The source added that the arrestees were caught hiding inside tunnels and caves they dug in orchards and under the citizen’s houses.  https://shafaq.com/en/Iraq-News/Dozens-arrested-in-the-ongoing-security-operations-north-of-Baghdad

butterfly   Kurdistan PM discussed with the Iraqi Minister of Water Resources building new dams in Iraq and Kurdistan

2021-02-21 09:37  Shafaq News / The Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, discussed today, Sunday, with the Iraqi Minister of Water Resources the establishment of new dams in Iraq and the region.

According to a statement received by Shafaq News Agency, the Prime Minister of Kurdistan, Masrour Barzani, received today, the Iraqi Minister of Water Resources, Mahdi Rashid Al-Hamdani.

The statement said that the meeting discussed ways to enhance coordination between the ministries of water resources in the federal government and the Ministry of agriculture and water resources in the Kurdistan government.

The meeting touched upon strategic projects, securing dam maintenance requirements, and establishing new dams in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.

The statement indicated that the two sides discussed a mechanism to resolve the issue of delayed salaries of dam employees in the Kurdistan Region, which the federal government has not disbursed for several months.

https://shafaq.com/en/Iraq-News/Kurdistan-PM-discussed-with-the-Iraqi-Minister-of-Water-Resources-building-new-dams-in-Iraq-and-Kurdistan

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