GE Power has announced the delivery of an advanced 9E gas turbine to the Ministry of Electricity’s (MoE) Al Qudus Power Plant in Iraq.
GE is installing the new gas turbine at the Al Qudus power plant and it is expected to generate up to an additional 125MW of electricity. It will also service to the seven GE 9E gas turbines at the facility throughout 2019 along with maintenance, supply of parts and rehabilitation.
The company said that the service agreement enhances the reliability of operations at the plant and helps maintaining a stable supply of up to 875MW power over the course of the coming year.
MoE Media Department Director Mussab al-Mudarris said, “We made a promise to the people of Iraq to bring efficient power online as soon as possible. One of the fastest ways to deliver on this promise is to enhance the productivity of existing power generation facilities.
“GE, with its large installed base of power generation equipment across Iraq, can help us meet this objective. The delivery of a new gas turbine at Al Qudus Power Plant and our new services agreement with GE will help deliver much-needed power to the national grid reliably within a short timeframe.”
The 9E technology supplied by the GE is capable of running on more than 50 different kinds of fuel and delivers the flexibility MOE needs to operate the unit on the most economical source available and generate power using liquid fuels in the absence of gas.
GE Power Services Africa, South Asia and the Middle East business president and CEO Joseph Anis: “It is essential to bring quick, proven and efficient solutions to help the Ministry of Electricity strengthen the country’s power infrastructure. Since 2011, GE has brought more than 14GW of power online across the country, and we remain committed to delivering the power technologies of the future to keep supporting the progress of the Iraqi people.”
Currently, GE employs up to 300 people in Iraq, with three offices across the country, in Baghdad, Basra and Erbil.
GE claims that its technologies contribute up to 55% of the country’s current electricity production.
In central Iraq, the company is helping to set up the 3GW Basmaya Power Station, which is expected to be the country’s largest combined cycle power plant and will also be Iraq’s first digital power plant.