Overview

Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity and GE have entered an agreement worth $1.4 billion that will strengthen Iraq’s power grid.

The challenge

In the past, it has been difficult to fulfill Iraq’s demand for electricity while improving reliability and stability.

The solution

With this new agreement in place, GE will provide 9E turbines and service across 6 power plants, resulting in over 2 gigawatts of electricity added to the nations power grid.

Outcomes

Power up plan

2 GW

added to the grid

6

power plants with 9E turbines

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The public private partnership with GE serves as a new business model where we work with our partners to secure financing and technology, enabling faster project delivery

Musab Al-Mudaris

Spokesman of Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity

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GE and Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity announced agreements worth $1.4 billion to deliver power generation equipment and services to support the growing need for electricity in the country. The agreements will enhance and provide stability to the country’s energy infrastructure by adding over 2 gigawatts (GW), and securing the delivery of ~1.75 GW of existing power to the national grid..

“The agreements with GE are another strong statement on our commitment to strengthen the nation’s power infrastructure. We are focused on delivering reliable, uninterrupted and efficient electricity supply for both residential and commercial use,” said Musab Al-Mudaris, a spokesman of the Ministry of Electricity.

A significant part of the deal includes the Power Up Plan—an initiative with the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity (MoE) for critical electricity generation and maintenance projects throughout the country. Phase I of the plan added more than 700 megawatts (MW) of power to the grid in 2016. The new deal sees the launch of phase 2 of the Power Up Plan, which will add 580 MW through upgrades and rehabilitation works at four power plants and sustain ~1.75 GW of existing power generation through the maintenance of 9E turbines across six power plants.

GE will also set up the Samawa and Dhi Qar Power Plants, adding 1,500 megawatts (MW) to the national grid and supply advanced heat recovery steam generators (HRSG) and steam turbine technology for the projects.

GE has also been working with regional and international institutions to facilitate financing to help the Government of Iraq execute these and other projects. Since 2016, GE has helped the country secure $2 billion in financing for projects in the energy sector, leveraging its global sourcing capabilities coupled with its strong relationships with lenders.