Powering Up Iraq with Two New GE Gas Turbines
December 14, 2020 by GE
With Iraq’s population growing at more than 2% a year and electricity demand continuing to increase, every megawatt of power added counts, helping to deliver significant quality-of-life benefits to the people of Iraq and contributing towards further strengthening the economy.
Delivering on its commitment to keep powering Iraq forward, GE has synchronized two GT13E2 gas turbines to the national grid at the Zubair Permanent Power Generation Plant, taking the facility’s combined output to up to 700 megawatts.
The facility is owned by the Basra Oil Company and located at the Zubair oil field, about 20 kilometers away from the city of Basra. ENI Iraq B.V. is responsible for developing the oil field and had awarded a contract to GE for the engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning of the power plant.
Two other GT13E2 units at the site were previously synchronized to the grid in summer 2020. These gas turbines are industry-leaders in efficiency in the E-class, can operate on a wide range of fuel types, and offer a flexible extended maintenance concept that reduces operating costs while saving fuel.