750 MW of New Power as Kurdistan Heads Toward 6,000 MW
The Kurdistan region of Iraq plans to double its power generating capacity to nearly 6,000 megawatts (MW) by 2016, to provide electricity to meet fast-growing demand that has nearly tripled since 2006. This represents a staggering increase from the 428 MW produced in the region in 2007.
This consumption growth will continue for years, fuelled by more than $39 billion worth of projects in the Kurdistan region under development.
One of the latest additions to the Kurdistan region’s pipeline of new electricity generating plants is the 750 MW combined-cycle Bazyan plant in Sulaimaniyah that is being developed by Qaiwan Group, a major Kurdistan conglomerate, and constructed by ENKA of Turkey.
ENKA has selected GE to supply power generation equipment for the plant, including four 9E gas turbines and one steam turbine. These turbines will join the 24 GE 9E gas turbines already installed and providing more than 90% of the electricity generated in the Kurdistan region, supplying nearly 20 hours of electricity a day. This amounts to more than 3,000 MW of installed electricity capacity, enough to meet the annual energy needs of approximately 3 million households in Iraq. The Bazyan plant will help generate power for an additional 750,000 households.
The turbine contract is GE’s fourth with ENKA in the region, highlighting the Turkish company’s confidence in GE’s technology to meet the specific climate, environmental and generation demands of the region. The 9E turbine also provides welcomed flexibility because not only can it run on natural gas, but also on light and heavy distillate oil, naphtha, crude oil and residual oil.
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