While reduced flaring and gas imports from Iran are boosting gas availability, new power projects means more gas is needed.

Iraq’s Electricity Ministry has awarded Germany’s Siemens a contract to upgrade and maintain seven gas turbine/generator units within four gas-fired power plants in Iraq. The four plants have a total installed capacity of 2.62GW; Siemens says the upgrades will increase total capacity by 400MW (15%).

The upgrades contract comes at a time when Iraq has seven...