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GE to supply turbines for 3GW plant in Iraq

Eight gas turbines for project to provide power to giant housing project near Baghdad.

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GE has received an order to provide advanced gas turbines for a new 3 gigawatt (GW) power plant in Bismayah, Iraq.

Located 30 km away from Baghdad within a massive housing development, the plant will be able to generate the equivalent power needed to supply more than 5 million Iraqi households.

GE will supply eight units of its advanced 9F.03 gas turbines for the project which will be developed in two phases, each consisting of two blocks of 1,500 MW each.

Bismayah marks the first-of-its-kind independent power producer (IPP) deal between Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity and GE’s customer, Mass Global Investment Company, which has signed the EPC contract for the project with ENKA and is currently finalizing the plans for the second phase.

It is also the first IPP project by Mass Global Investment Company outside Kurdistan underlining the close collaborations among power sector stakeholders in Iraq to help meet the country’s growing needs for power.

According to the Iraq Energy Outlook by International Energy Agency, Iraq needs to boost its power generation capacity by nearly 70% to meet its needs, while over 70 GW of additional installed capacity is needed by 2035, with a focus on moving away from the traditional oil-fired power mix to more efficient gas-fired generation.

Ahmad Ismail, Chairman, Mass Global Investment Company, said: “We are thankful to the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity for the opportunity to support its goals of driving power generation. Our landmark IPP project deal highlights the spirit of partnership to undertake projects that meet the needs of the people. We are working with GE on ambitious power generation plants and the new project will leverage the newest and most efficient technologies by GE for seamless efficiency and increased productivity.”

Aziz Koleilat, GE’s President & CEO of GE Iraq and Levant, said: “The Bismayah plant is truly a landmark partnership that will help meet the country’s increasing need for power. By building a gas-fired power plant, the Ministry of Electricity and Mass Global Investment Company are seeking to increase the judicious use of the country’s rich resources. We are committed to partnering on such ambitious and positive developments led by our strong presence on-ground and a long-term commitment to the country.”

GE's advanced F-class gas turbines are well-suited for combined-cycle applications with 99.8% average reliability. Fast start reduces time across the entire start sequence, lowering startup emissions, while the enhanced compressor increases reliability and availability in addition to reducing periodic inspections and maintenance costs.

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