GE to set up power plants in Iraq

Posted on 20th January 2017

General Electric (GE) has secured more than $1.4 billion in orders from Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity to set up power plants as well as provide technology upgrades and maintenance services.

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The announcement further strengthens GE’s collaborations in Iraq to support the country’s power infrastructure and meet the growing need for electricity.

These new agreements that will add over two gigawatts (GW) of power and secure the delivery of ~1.75 GW of existing power to the national grid.

As per the deal, GE will set up the Samawa and Dhi Qar power plants, adding 1,500 megawatts (MW) to the grid. In the first phase of the project, the company will install four 9E gas turbines in simple cycle at each site by 2018.

The second phase will entail the combined cycle conversion of the 9E units.

GE will also be supplying advanced heat recovery steam generators (HRSG) and steam turbine technology besides serving as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the projects.

Under Phase Two of the Power Up Plan – a plan with the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity (MoE) for critical electricity generation and maintenance projects throughout the country - GE will add over 580 MW to the national grid through upgrade and rehabilitation works at four power plants.

Additionally, under Power Up Plan Phase Two, the technology giant will sustain ~1.75 GW of existing power generation through the maintenance of 9E gas turbines across six different power plants in Iraq. The activities will help enhance the reliability and efficiency of Iraq’s installed base.

Steve Bolze, president and chief executive of GE Power, said the announcement builds on GE’s successful delivery of more than 700 MW of additional power through existing power generation infrastructure to the national grid last year as part of the Power Up Plan’s Phase One.

The company is already working with regional and international institutions to facilitate financing to help the Government of Iraq execute these and other projects.

Since 2016, it has helped the country secure $2 billion in financing for projects in the energy sector leveraging its global sourcing capabilities coupled with its strong relationships with lenders.

Musaab Al Mudarris, official spokesman, Iraqi Ministry of Electricity, said: "The announcement with GE is another strong statement on our commitment to strengthen the nation’s power infrastructure. We are focused on delivering reliable, uninterrupted and efficient electricity supply for both residential and commercial use."

"With demand for electricity increasing every year, a transformational approach is required that is led by new projects and technology upgrades," he noted.

“We are pleased to be working in collaboration with the Ministry of Electricity to continue to help provide power to the people of Iraq,” said Bolze, according to Constructionweekonline news report.

“Using GE’s expanded portfolio of technologies and solutions, this project will provide more reliable and sustainable electricity for the country to help achieve better operations and higher levels of efficiency,” he added.

GE has over 40 years of presence in Iraq, and supports the country’s infrastructure needs in power generation, oil and gas, water processing, aviation and healthcare, through diversified multi-business solutions and local presence.

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