GE Technology Supports Iraq’s Electricity Needs at Baghdad’s new Taji Power Plant
The newest power plant in Iraq, the Taji Power Plant in Baghdad, featuring GE technology, has started producing electricity. Commissioned by HE Karim Aftan Aljumaily, Iraq’s Minister of Electricity, the facility is located some 20 km northeast of Baghdad and supports the country to meet its critical electricity needs.
Yet another example of GE’s continued commitment to support reliable power generation in Iraq, the plant, powered by four GE Frame 6B gas turbines, generates enough electricity to support about 160,000 households. GE is also supplying similar equipment for two other new power plants in Hilla and Karbala; both plants are expected to enter service in 2012.
GE is also supplying the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity an additional 56 gas turbines for projects across the country that are expected to enter service from this year. These will add over 7,000 megawatts of electricity to support the expansion of the country’s continued development.
“The successful startup of Taji signals the first steps in fulfilling our continuous commitment to bring much needed, reliable electricity to the people of Iraq,” said His Excellency Karim Aftan Aljumaily, Minister of Electricity, Iraq. “This project also marks an important milestone in our ongoing relationship with GE. Teaming with GE is a cornerstone of our strategy to enhance and expand our energy infrastructure.”
“The Taji power plant project reflects the Iraqi government’s commitment to provide reliable electricity to its people,” said Joseph Anis, president and CEO, GE Energy in the Middle East. ”Working closely with the Ministry of Electricity, we have been successful in executing on our promise to deliver GE’s advanced technology to ensure that additional power is made available to the Greater Baghdad area.”
The commissioning of Taji Power Plant is another successful energy milestone for GE in Iraq and reinforces the company’s growing commitment to the country, where it has been active for nearly 40 years.
GE has a long history of supporting the infrastructure needs of Iraq in power generation, oil and gas, water processing, aviation and healthcare. More than 130 GE power turbines have been installed in the country to date.