More power added to Iraq's national grid

GE has connected two GT13E2 gas turbines at the Zubair Permanent Power Generation Plant to the grid

  
More power added to Iraq's national grid

Adding new power capacity to Iraq’s national grid is critical to ease the electricity shortages citizens and businesses face every day. To help provide the power needed to enable economic development and improve people’s standards of living, GE has connected two GT13E2 gas turbines at the Zubair Permanent Power Generation Plant to the grid. Together, the two units can generate more than 300 megawatts (MW) of electricity to power homes, offices, streets, hospitals and more. The power plant is expected to reach completion in 2021. The facility will be equipped with four units of GE’s GT13E2 gas turbines and is expected to generate up to 700 MW once complete.

Speaking about GE’s commitment to strengthen Iraq’s power sector, Joseph Anis, President & CEO of GE Gas Power Middle East, North Africa and South Asia explained, “GE has been honoured to support the development of Iraq’s power sector for over 50 years. Since December 2019, we have added up to 1,675 MW of new capacity in Iraq and executed upgrades, repairs and maintenance services at various facilities to sustain the reliable delivery of up to 4,325 MW from existing power plants. Our teams have been deployed in some of the toughest locations across the country, including conflict-affected areas such as Mosul and Diyala, delivering results every day because we are committed to powering growth and prosperity for everyone in Iraq.”

The Zubair Permanent Power Generation Plant is owned by the Basra Oil Company and located at the Zubair oil field, about 20 km from the city of Basra. ENI Iraq B.V. is responsible for developing the oil field and had awarded a contract to GE for the engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning of the power plant. Work at the project continued despite the significant challenges posed by COVID-19. Special measures to contain the spread of the disease were implemented at the site, including temperature checks, the distribution of mandatory personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves and masks, as well as COVID-19 prevention and awareness sessions for everyone working at the facility. By adhering to strict environment, health and safety protocols, the project has achieved over six million loss time injury (LTI) free person hours to date.

“Although significant progress has been made already, we realize a lot more work still needs to be done to meet Iraq’s growing energy needs,” continued Joseph Anis. “GE’s team stands ready to continue working with public and private sector stakeholders to develop a stronger power sector for present and future generations of Iraqis, while maintaining the highest standards of quality and safety.”  

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For more information, please contact:
Duraid Adnan
Senior Communications Manager, GE Iraq & Levant
duraid.adnan@ge.com

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