GE Technology Helping Meet Energy Demands In Iraq
GE has announced the signing of contracts totaling approximately US$200 million to supply power generation equipment and services for two independent power projects in the Kurdistan region of Northern Iraq. The two projects will help support the region’s current and future power needs and the country’s overall efforts to develop its energy infrastructure.
Located in the Dohuk and Sulaimaniyah provinces of Kurdistan, both projects are being developed by Mass Global Investment Co., a developer of independent power plants. When the new projects are completed, it is expected that the total electricity capacity of Mass Global-developed power plants in the Kurdistan region will reach 1750 MW.
GE will supply four Frame 9E gas turbine-generator units for the 500 MW simple-cycle power plant in Dohuk; and two Frame 9E gas turbine-generator units to add 250 MW of capacity to the plant in Sulaimaniyah, for a total generating capacity of 750 MW. The two plants are scheduled to enter commercial service in the second half of 2010.
Over the last four years, GE has supplied gas turbines for independent power projects developed by Mass Global in the Kurdistan region, which would help to add approximately 1000 MW of generating capacity. The latest contracts with Mass Global follow an announcement in 2008 that GE will supply the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity with power generation equipment for projects throughout Iraq that will help to add approximately 7600 MW of electricity to support the country’s future economic growth.
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