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New Iraqi Power Plant Feeds a Feeble Grid

V94, known to U.S. officials as the “mother of all electricity generators,” stands four stories tall and is surrounded by a silvery forest of transformers, an island of modernity amid the dust-streaked farmlands and medieval mud-brick houses of the northern Iraqi countryside. The Kirkuk power plant, which became fully operational a month ago, is a $178 million chunk of the more than $18 billion the United States has spent in rebuilding Iraq. It is the most powerful and sophisticated electric plant in the Middle East, according to its Iraqi plant managers and U.S. officials who gave reporters a tour of the site Sunday morning. Full Story

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