Iraq gas plant to use General Electric turbines
The 3 GW Bismayah facility will support Baghdad and Bismayah and be able to generate the equivalent power needed to supply more than five million Iraqi households
General Electric (GE) will supply gas turbines for a new power plant in Iraq.
The 3 GW Bismayah facility will support Baghdad and Bismayah and be able to generate the equivalent power needed to supply more than five million Iraqi households.
Bismayah marks the first-of-its-kind independent power producer (IPP) deal between Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity and Mass Global Investment Company. It is also the first IPP project by Mass Global Investment Company outside Kurdistan.
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.
GE will supply eight units of its advanced 9F.03 gas turbines. The project will be developed in two phases, each consisting of two blocks of 1,500 MW each. Mass Global Investment Company has signed the EPC contract for the project with ENKA and is currently finalising the plans for the second phase.
Adel Hamid, Minister’s Deputy for Projects Department, Iraqi Ministry of Electricity, said: “The Bismayah plant marks our continued focus to strengthen the power infrastructure through IPP partnerships that will help meet the needs of the people. Through our partnership with Mass Global Investment Company, which has proven expertise in power generation, we are also bringing advanced technologies in power generation through global companies such as GE for greater operational efficiency. We are committed to developing the power project that will support Bismayah, the largest city development in the country which will energize the economy.”
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.”
One of the ambitious national housing projects, Bismayah is estimated to have over 100,000 residential units with the government of Iraq providing the entire infrastructure needed for a modern city development including power and water, as well as other amenities.