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Iraq: Reconstruction

Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2008, Official Report, column 1040W, on Iraq: reconstruction, what the 10 largest infrastructure projects in Southern Iraq supported by his Department are; and to what extent his Department has engaged local residents to assist in the provision of security for such projects. (223859)

The information requested is as follows:

Project description

Amount (£)

Refurbishment of electricity transmission and distribution networks and of water treatment plants and pumping stations.

20.0 million

Provision of emergency infrastructure support and employment generation in Basra, Al Muthanna, Dhi Qar and Maysan.

16.5 million

Construction of three 25m water towers and three 8000 cubic meter water reservoirs.

10.0 million

Refurbishment of a pumping station to boost the oil pressure that feeds three power stations in southern/central Iraq.

9.2 million

Refurbishment of 48 public buildings across Southern Iraq, including hospitals, universities and governorate offices.

7.7 million

Provision of six new blades for two damaged turbines at Khor Az Zubayr power station in southern Iraq.

4.0 million

Repair of one of the 90m chimneys at Al-Hartha power station, north of Basra.

1.6 million

Refurbishment of a reverse osmosis water purification unit and replacement or repair of two water filter membranes.


Construction of a training centre to train water technicians to repair and maintain southern Iraq's water infrastructure.


Replacement of 15 water pumps and refurbishment of 7 pumps at Al-Hartha pumping station.


To ensure the security of infrastructure projects, DFID has engaged the government of Iraq or local communities as appropriate. The majority of projects have been situated within existing government of Iraq facilities and DFID has therefore agreed security arrangements with the relevant government ministry. In other cases, because of the benefit projects will bring to the local community, tribal leaders have agreed to ensure the security of sites.