Through Steps Big and Small, GE is Helping to Build Iraq’s Electricity Supply
Since 2011, GE has helped bring more than 14,000 megawatts of power online across Iraq. However, beyond just adding capacity, strengthening the power sector also entails ensuring that these plants keep operating efficiently and reliably so that electricity is available whenever and wherever required to meet the everyday needs of Iraqi citizens and the broader economy.
That’s why, in addition to installing a 9E gas turbine that can generate up to 125 megawatts (MW), GE Power’s recent agreement with the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity (MoE) covers providing services, including maintenance, supply of parts and rehabilitation, on up to seven GE 9E gas turbines at the power plant throughout 2019.
These services will help maintain a stable supply of up to 875 MW of power from the plant over the course of the coming year.
Mussab al-Mudarris, Director of the Media Department of the MoE said, “We made a promise to the people of Iraq to bring efficient power online as soon as possible. One of the fastest ways to deliver on this promise is to enhance the productivity of existing power generation facilities. GE, with its large installed base of power generation equipment across Iraq, can help us meet this objective. The delivery of a new gas turbine at Al Qudus Power Plant and our new services agreement with GE will help deliver much-needed power to the national grid reliably within a short timeframe.”
The Al Qudus announcement builds on GE’s strong legacy of over 50 years of contributions to the development of Iraq’s power sector. In the north, GE’s teams have been powering liberated areas with the rehabilitation of Mosul’s Al Qayara Power Plant. In central Iraq, the company is helping to set up the country’s largest combined cycle power plant – the 3 gigawatts Basmaya Power Station – which will also be Iraq’s first digital power plant. In the south, GE’s Advanced Gas Path (AGP) upgrade solution is allowing the MOE to decrease the downtime of gas turbines, improve availability, enhance performance and lower annual operations and maintenance costs at the Najibiya Power Plant.
From north to south, GE-built solutions are helping to enable growth, health, connection and safety in communities across Iraq. Read more stories here about GE Power’s work to support customers across the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Pakistan.