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Officials at the inauguration of the new plant in Bahghdad.

GE Power launches 1,000MW Iraq power plant project

BAGHDAD, January 23, 2019

GE Power, a global energy leader, has joined forces with Iraqi Ministry of Electricity for the launch of Baghdad West North Substation that can connect up to 1,000 megawatts (MW) to the national grid and help decrease bottlenecks besides increasing the hours of available power.

Underlining their joint commitment to support the development of Iraq’s power infrastructure, the Iraqi ministry and GE Power’s Grid Solutions business celebrated the energisation of the Baghdad West North substation.

The event was attended by Prime Minister of Iraq, Adil Abdul Mahdi, senior officials of the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity including Minister Luay Al Khatteeb, various government entities, GE and other organizations.

GE’s scope for work in the turnkey 400/132/11 kilovolt (kV) gas insulated substation project included the design, equipment manufacturing, site delivery, erection, testing and commissioning, and training of personnel.

The project’s construction, erection, commissioning, and testing was completed by GE Iraqi engineers in collaboration with local Iraqi subcontractors,, said the company in a statement.

The facility can feed 132 kV substations at Kadhmiya, Al Shualla and Al Sabbeaat, as well as another five substations that are planned to be developed in the future and helps connect power from the Basmaya Power Plant, Taji Gas Power Plant and mobile gas power plants to the national grid.

Located about 35km away from the city, the substation can help connect up to 1,000 megawatts (MW) to the national grid, decreasing bottlenecks and increasing the hours of available power.

Minister of Electricity Luay Al Khatteeb said: "The Iraqi Ministry of Electricity is seeking to provide reliable, uninterrupted power across the country. The opening of the Baghdad West North substation reflects our efforts to achieve this goal. The substation will play a critical role in helping to deliver much-needed power, especially in the upcoming summer months."

“The energization of the substation reflects our commitment to support Iraq in building a robust electricity infrastructure,” said

Mohammed Mohaisen, President & CEO of GE Power’s Grid Solutions business in the Mena and Turkey, said: "Our turnkey approach to project development helps bring best-in-class technology and expertise across every touch-point of the project."

"As a partner in the country’s progress, we will continue to deliver on our promise to the Iraqi people of supporting the government to build a stable electricity network that meets their needs," he stated.

Following the agreement for the Baghdad West North substation, GE also signed a $400 million agreement to develop and rehabilitate 14 additional electric substations, and to supply critical equipment such as transformers, circuit breakers and other related equipment.

The substations will connect power plants spread across the governorates of Ninawa, Salah Al Din, Al Anbar, Karbala, Baghdad, Qadisiyyah and Basra to the national grid. Several of the locations, in conflict-affected areas, have an immediate need of reliable power infrastructure.

GE employs up to 300 people in Iraq and has three offices in the country – in Baghdad, Basra and Erbil.-TradeArabia News Service




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