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Iraq: the Ministry of Electricity has invited expressions of interest (“EOI”) for seven greenfield solar photovoltaic energy projects with a potential capacity of 755MWp

  • Iraq
  • Energy and infrastructure - Clean energy



The projects are being launched in order to help Iraq achieve its target of more than 5GW of photovoltaic energy by 2028, in line with rising electricity demand. Photovoltaic projects in Iraq are still in their infancy despite the favourable irradiation levels.

Eversheds Sutherland are the only international law firm with two offices in Iraq (Baghdad and Erbil), and we can provide local law advice on all aspects of the tender.


The EOI invites firms to participate in a proposed reverse auctioning round for seven separate greenfield photovoltaic independent power projects as follows:

  1. Sawa-1 with a capacity of 30 MWp to be located in Muthana Province;
  2. Sawa-2 with a capacity of 50 MWp to be located in Muthana Province;
  3. Khidhir with a capacity of 50 MWp to be located in Muthana Province;
  4. lskandariya with a capacity of 225 MWp to be located in Babil Province;
  5. Jissan with a capacity of 50 MWp to be located in Wassit Province;
  6. Karbala with a capacity of 300 MWp to be located in Karbala Province; and
  7. Al-Diwania with a capacity 50 MWp to be located in Diwania province,

collectively (the “Projects”).

The Projects may, at the Ministry of Electricity’s discretion, be tendered together or individually, and will be in the form of a reverse auction.

Each Project will be built on a build, own and operate (“BOO”) basis and a special purpose vehicle (the “SPV”) will be established by the developers awarded the Projects to undertake the construction and operation of each Project. The Ministry will enter into a transmission connection contract (in its commercial capacity as grid operator), a land lease contract (in its capacity as landowner) and a power purchase contract with the SPV.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 29 June 2019.

If you would like to discuss clean energy opportunities in Iraq, the above or the market generally, please contact the team below.