BAGHDAD, Iraq (Jan. 18, 2017)—GE announced that it has secured more than $1.4 billion in orders from Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity to set up power plants as well as provide technology upgrades and maintenance services.
The announcement further strengthens GE’s collaborations in Iraq to support the country’s power infrastructure and meet the growing need for electricity, the company said in a statement.
GE signed agreements that will add more than 2 gigawatts (GW) of power and secure the delivery of roughly 1.75 GW of existing power to the national grid. GE will set up the Samawa and Dhi Qar Power Plants, adding 1,500 megawatts (MW) to the grid.
In the first phase of the project, GE will install four 9E gas turbines in simple cycle at each site by 2018. The second phase will entail the combined cycle conversion of the 9E units. GE is also supplying advanced heat recovery steam generators (HRSG) and steam turbine technology as well as serving as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the projects.
Under Phase II of the Power Up Plan—a plan with the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity for critical electricity generation and maintenance projects throughout the country—GE will add more than 580 MW to the national grid through upgrade and rehabilitation works at four power plants.
Additionally, under Power Up Plan Phase II, GE will sustain about 1.75 GW of existing power generation through the maintenance of 9E gas turbines across six different power plants in Iraq. The activities will help enhance the reliability and efficiency of Iraq’s installed base.
GE has also been working with regional and international institutions to facilitate financing to help the Government of Iraq execute these and other projects. Since 2016, GE has helped the country secure $2 billion in financing for projects in the energy sector leveraging its global sourcing capabilities coupled with its strong relationships with lenders.
GE said the announcement builds on the company’s successful delivery of more than 700 MW of additional power through existing power generation infrastructure to the national grid last year as part of the Power Up Plan’s Phase I.