New Substation Can Connect Up To 1,000 MW To Iraq’s National Grid
Standing 35 km west of Baghdad, not far from the banks of the Tigris River, is a new substation that can help connect up to 1,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity to Iraq’s national grid. The Baghdad West North gas-insulated substation supports the government’s goal to decrease bottlenecks and increase the hours of available power for homes, factories and businesses across the country. That goal, in turn, helps improve people’s standards of living and the ease of doing business.
GE Power’s Grid Solutions business delivered the design, equipment manufacturing, site delivery, erection, testing and commissioning, and training of personnel for the turnkey 400/132/11 kilovolt (kV) substation project.
H.E. the Prime Minister of Iraq, Adil Abdul-Mahdi, senior officials of the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity including H.E. Minister Luay Al-Khatteeb, and representatives of various government entities, GE and other organizations celebrated the inauguration of the facility at a ceremony held on 23rd January 2019.
H.E. Luay Al-Khateeb, Minister of Electricity, said, “The Iraqi Ministry of Electricity is seeking to provide reliable, uninterrupted power across the country. The opening of the Baghdad West North substation reflects our efforts to achieve this goal. The substation will play a critical role in helping to deliver much-needed power, especially in the upcoming summer months.”
Local talent led the project’s execution with its construction, erection, commissioning, and testing completed by GE Iraqi engineers in collaboration with local Iraqi subcontractors.
The facility can feed 132 kV substations at Kadhmiya, Al Shualla and Al Sabbeaat, as well as another five substations that are planned to be developed in the future, and helps connect power from the Basmaya Power Plant, Taji Gas Power Plant and mobile gas power plants to the national grid.
Following the agreement for the Baghdad West North substation, GE signed an agreement to develop and rehabilitate 14 additional electric substations and to supply critical equipment such as transformers, circuit breakers and other related equipment. These additional substations will connect power plants located in the governorates of Ninawa, Salah Al Din, Al Anbar, Karbala, Baghdad, Qadisiyyah and Basra to the grid. Several of these locations are in conflict-affected areas and so have an immediate need for reliable power infrastructure.
GE technologies have supported the development of Iraq’s power sector ever since 1965 when the first GE turbine was installed in the country. Today, GE-built technologies can deliver up to 55% of Iraq’s power and since 2011 alone, GE has helped bring 14 GW of power online, added five 400 kV substations and six 132 kV substations in the country. Read more stories here about GE Power’s work to support customers across the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Pakistan.