Siemens CEO pushes plans to boost Iraqi power infrastructure

An electrician works on an electric switchboard of a local generator in Baghdad, December 13, 2011. (File Photo / Reuters)
Updated 23 September 2018
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Siemens CEO pushes plans to boost Iraqi power infrastructure

FRANKFURT: Siemens said its boss Joe Kaeser met Iraq’s prime minister on Sunday to discuss a proposal by the German company to expand the Middle East nation’s power production.
The German engineering group said it was proposing a deal to add 11 gigawatt (GW) of capacity over four years, saying this would boost the country’s capacity by nearly 50 percent.
It did not give a value, but such a contract would be worth several billion euros based on previous comparable deals.
Iraq has a wide gap between electricity consumption and supply. Peak demand in the summer, when people turn on air conditioners due to high temperatures, is about 21 GW, far exceeding the 13 GW the grid is currently provides, experts say.
Kaeser said in a statement after meeting Prime Minister Al-Abadi that they had “discussed the comprehensive Siemens roadmap to build a better future for the Iraqi people.”
“In Egypt, we have done the same and successfully built up the power infrastructure in record time with the highest efficiency,” he said.
In 2015, Siemens signed an 8 billion euro ($9.4 billion) deal with Egypt to supply gas and wind power plants to add 16.4 gigawatts of capacity to the country’s power grid, marking the group’s single biggest order.
The proposal for Iraq, first pitched in February, would include cutting Iraq’s energy losses, introducing smart grids, expanding transmission grids, upgrading existing plants and adding new capacity.
The group would also help the government secure funding from international commercial banks and export credit agencies with German government support, creating thousands of jobs in Iraq.
Siemens would donate a $60 million grant for software for Iraqi universities, it said.


NMC Health raises full-year core earnings forecast

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NMC Health raises full-year core earnings forecast

  • UAE-based NMC Health has operations across 17 countries
  • Revenue for 2019 will increase by between 22 and 24 percent
DUBAI: UAE-based health care provider NMC Health on Monday raised its full-year core earnings and revenue forecasts, citing strong organic growth, and said it remained confident in achieving its longer-term margin guidance.
The company raised its core earnings forecast by 3.2 percent to $480 million for the year and said it expected revenue to grow 24 percent, 2 percentage points more than its previous expectation.
“2019 guidance will also point toward continuation of strong organic growth on the back of a sustained ramp-up at key facilities, integration and expansion of acquired entities, as well as a strong operational performance,” the company said.
The company, the leading private health care operator in the Gulf, is benefiting from growing demand in the health care sector due to an increasingly wealthy population that is becoming more susceptible to lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and obesity.
NMC Health, which has operations across 17 countries, said during 2019 management anticipated the opening of new greenfield facilities, particularly in the UAE, the expansion of facilities across different countries and the consolidation of Aspen Healthcare, which NMC Health acquired earlier this year.
Revenue for 2019 will increase by between 22 and 24 percent, and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization were expected to grow by 18 to 20 percent during 2019, it said, adding that the guidance did not include the effects of implementation of IFRS 16, or the impact of the anticipated financial consolidation of National Medical Care Company.