GE collaborates with Iraqi Ministry of Electricity to deliver 720 MW to Mansurya
In the peak summer months, with temperatures in Iraq expected to hit up to 45 degrees Celsius, GE’s renewed commitment to supporting the Ministry of Electricity (MoE) in developing the country’s electricity infrastructure to help meet the surge in demand is now more important than ever.
Building on more than 50 years of presence in Iraq, GE is working closely with the MoE to set up the Mansurya Power Plant in Diyala. Earlier, while still in the construction phase, the facility had been partially damaged during the conflict in the area and progress towards completing the project had stalled.
The site is now expected to generate up to 720 megawatts (MW) of electricity powered by four units of GE’s GT13E2 gas turbines, each with a capacity of up to 180 MW under International Organization for Standardization (ISO) conditions.
GE will operate the Mansurya Power Plant for the first three months, ensuring that all systems are in place and that power generation is both smooth and efficient. Subsequently, the plant will be operated directly by the MoE.
Mussab al-Mudarris the spokesperson at the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity said about the collaboration: “GE’s advanced technologies and technical support in rebuilding and powering-up the plant have come at a significant time and will go a long way towards enhancing the well-being of our people and supporting local businesses and industries.”
The GT13E2 gas turbines are an excellent fit for the Mansurya plant in delivering quicker and more efficient supply of electricity. Moreover, if converted to combined cycle configuration, the power plant could operate at an efficiency of up to 55 percent.
“The restoration and operation of the Mansurya Power Plant marks the value-add that our technology, technical support and local presence brings in fast-tracking the development of the country’s power structure,” added Mohamad Ali, President & CEO of GE’s Gas Power Systems – Projects, in the Middle East, North Africa and India.
Earlier this month, GE supported the MoE in helping restore operations at a damaged power plant in Mosul. GE is not only working to rebuild the Al-Qayara Power Plant but also providing six new 9E gas turbines that are expected to help deliver up to 750 MW of electricity by the summer of next year. To date, over 130 GE turbines have been installed across the country.