Baghdad, Iraq, February 17, 2010 – GE won contracts worth $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 generation 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 Company, a developer of independent power plants.
When the new projects are completed, the total electricity capacity of Mass Global-developed power plants in the Kurdistan region will reach 1,750 MW, to help meet the increasing power demand.
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 about 1,000 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 about 7,600 MW of electricity to support the country’s future economic growth.
GE has a long history of supporting Iraqi infrastructure needs in power generation, oil and gas, water processing, aviation and healthcare and over 120 GE power turbines are installed in the country today.
GE has been active in the Middle East since the 1930s and has management and project management offices as well as local repair and service facilities to serve customers throughout the region.