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GE works with Iraq’s electricity ministry to rebuild power plant

GE has supplied four gas turbines to Mansurya Power Plant, which attained some damage during construction as a result of conflict in the area

Iraq’s electricity ministry is focussing on rebuilding the country’s electricity infrastructure [representational image].
Iraq’s electricity ministry is focussing on rebuilding the country’s electricity infrastructure [representational image].

GE has supplied four units of its GT13E2 gas turbines to Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity, it has been announced.

The four units will power the country’s Mansurya Power Plant, located in Diyala, the company said in a statement.

According to GE, each of the units has a capacity of up to 180MW under International Organization for Standardization (ISO) conditions. Two of the units have reportedly already been synchronised to the national grid, while the remaining two have yet to be commissioned by GE.

The facility, which had attained some damage during construction owing to conflict in the area, is expected to generate up to 720 MW of electricity.

Musaab al-Mudarris, official spokesman of the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity, said: “Our primary focus is on rebuilding and strengthening the country’s electricity infrastructure, especially in light of the surge in demand during the summer season. Several power plants, including Mansurya, were damaged, resulting in the need for the fast mobilisation of advanced technologies to restore them and recommence operations.

“GE’s advanced technologies and technical support in rebuilding and powering-up the plant have come at a significant time. This will go a long way towards enhancing the well-being of our people and supporting local businesses and industries.”

GE said that it has been working with the ministry during the rebuilding process by providing the gas turbines, which the company said could help the Mansurya plant deliver efficient supply of electricity to meet peak summer demand.

Mohamad Ali, president and chief executive officer of GE’s Gas Power Systems – Projects in the Middle East, North Africa and India, commented: “GE is committed to supporting Iraq in rebuilding and strengthening its electricity infrastructure, even in the most challenging of times.

“The restoration and operation of the Mansurya Power Plant marks the value-add that our technology, technical support, and local presence brings in fast-tracking the development of the country’s power structure.”

GE noted that it will operate the plant for the first three months to ensure that all systems are in place and that power generation is smooth and efficient. Subsequently, the plant will be operated directly by the Ministry of Electricity.

The company added that it also worked with the ministry to rebuild a damaged power plant in Mosul, by providing six new 9E gas turbines, which are expected to help deliver up to 750MW by summer of 2018.

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