As Certain as Hot Weather in Summer, GE Is a Partner to Iraq’s Power Sector
In life, certain things are sure to happen. In Iraq, for example, when summer hits, temperatures rise into the 40s and electricity demand peaks. Another sure thing: Iraq is experiencing long-term power demand growth. GE is helping Iraq address these needs without building new plants or consuming more fuel.
Working with government and private sector partners, GE is deploying powerful solutions that will help Iraq boost electricity generation in the short-term to address peak demand this summer, and over the medium and long term.
In addition to providing power generating technologies that are at the heart of new power plants – such as the recently announced Samawa and Dhi Qar power plants – GE is working on three important technology programs that are helping to add generating capacity to existing plants.
Additional power, not additional power plants
These solutions are particularly important because they will help Iraq dramatically increase power generating capacity without requiring the consumption of any additional fuel.
Because they are relatively capital light, they also are cost effective and relatively fast to implement – crucial as the Ministry works to meet growing demand.
“Our work in these fields is a priority for GE because we understand the powerful connection between economic development and availability and reliability of electricity,” said Bhanu Shekhar, Chief Digital Officer for GE Power MEA.
“The country’s ongoing economic development is boosted by increased access to reliable electricity, which also delivers enormous benefits to Iraqi households, businesses and manufacturers,” he said.
The first of these GE solutions is an upgrade and service program that’s part of the multi-year Power Up Plan. The second solution is a big data and digital implementation that will see its first implementation in Iraq at the new Basmaya Power Plant, where it will help the plant generate power more efficiently and effectively. The third program is converting simple-cycle power plants to combined cycle, thereby significantly increasing plant output.
Phase 2 of GE’s Power Up Plan, which is working to deliver nearly 700 megawatts of new power by summer 2017, operates in conjunction with the Ministry of Electricity. The program, which is being implemented on a scale never before undertaken anywhere in the world, includes GE Advanced Gas Path solutions for heavy duty gas turbines and GE Heavy Fuel Oil Conversions. It follows on Phase 1 of the plan, which ahead of summer last year also added about 700 MW of power generating capacity.
Digital and Combined-Cycle Solutions
The Digital Power Plant solution being implemented with the development of the 3,000 MW Basmaya Power Plant near Baghdad will run on Predix, GE’s operating system for the industry. Creating a digital twin of the power plant and other big data analytics, the solution will help the plant operators to monitor, analyze, enhance and predict equipment health. It will help predict outages before they happen, improve power plant reliability, optimize just-in-time maintenance and reduce plant downtime.
The third program is focused on converting the largely simple-cycle, gas-fired power plants in the country to combined cycle. This transformation captures the exhaust heat from the gas turbines to create steam to power steam generators. Across multiple plants, this will add thousands of megawatts of power.
Many things are uncertain in today’s world, but like Iraq’s summer heat, it’s a sure thing that GE will continue to work with its Iraqi partners to support the country’s economic development through improvements to the capacity, efficiency and reliability of the country’s power generating capacity.
Learn more about GE’s contribution to Iraq’s power infrastructure here.