GE Gas Power has announced the opening of the Samawa Power Plant in the Iraqi governorate of Al Muthanna.
For the first phase of the project, four GE 9E gas turbines have been installed and commissioned at the plant, thus helping the facility to generate up to 500 MW in simple cycle operations.
GE Gas Power had led the construction of the Samawa Power Plant, which is the first new utility scale power facility to be built in the governorate since 1975. It was inaugurated by Prime Minister of Iraq Mustafa Al Kadhimi.
At present, electricity is supplied from the plant through the 132 kilovolt (kV) grid to the city of Samawa, as well as surrounding areas.
According to GE, it had helped strengthen power infrastructure from the north to the south of Iraq. In the north, the technology giant's teams have helped power liberated areas with the rehabilitation of Mosuls Al Qayara Power Plant.
In central Iraq, the company is helping to equip, operate and maintain the countrys largest combined cycle power plant - the Besmaya Power Station - which is also central Iraqs first independent power plant (IPP).
Ahmed Al Abadi, the spokesperson of the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity, said: "Our top priority is to deliver reliable power across Iraq. By setting up the Samawa power plant, GE played a significant role in providing much-needed electricity, helping to ease a part of the electricity shortages experienced in the province."
"Looking ahead, we know that Iraq still needs to add more power capacity. To that end, we are in process of commencing work on the second phase of the Samawa project, under which it will be converted to a combined cycle power plant and be able to generate up to a total of 750 MW," he stated.
Joseph Anis, President & CEO of GE Gas Power Europe, Middle East, and Africa, said: "At GE, we work resolutely to deliver results that improve the lives of the Iraqi people."
"Today, I am delighted to share that all four gas turbines at the Samawa plant have been commissioned and handed over to the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity," noted Anis.
"However, we realize that a lot more work still needs to be done to meet Iraqs growing energy needs and we are committed to help power the country forward with industry-leading technologies, global experts, talented local employees, and investments in community development efforts," he added.
According to him, GE has helped strengthen power infrastructure from the north to the south of Iraq. In the north, GEs teams have helped power liberated areas with the rehabilitation of Mosuls Al Qayara Power Plant.
In central Iraq, the company is helping to equip, operate and maintain the countrys largest combined cycle power plant - the Besmaya Power Station - which is also central Iraqs first independent power plant (IPP), he noted.
In the south, GEs Advanced Gas Path (AGP) upgrade solution is allowing the MOE to decrease the downtime of gas turbines, improve availability, enhance performance, and lower annual operations and maintenance costs at the Najibiya Power Plant.
Working closely with the Iraqi Ministries of Planning, Finance, and Electricity, GE has also collaborated with various private and public financial institutions from around the world to help secure over $2.4 billion in financing since 2015 for energy sector projects across the country, he added.-TradeArabia News Service
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