GE announced recently that it has secured more than $1.4B in orders from Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity to set up power plants as well as provide technology upgrades and maintenance services. The announcement further strengthens GE’s collaborations in Iraq to support the country’s power infrastructure and meet the growing need for electricity.
GE signed agreements that will add over two gigawatts (GW) of power and secure the delivery of ~1.75 GW of existing power to the national grid:
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 $2B in financing for projects in the energy sector leveraging its global sourcing capabilities coupled with its strong relationships with lenders.
Musaab al-Mudarris, official spokesman, Iraqi Ministry of Electricity, said, “Today’s announcement with GE is 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. With demand for electricity increasing every year, a transformational approach is required that is led by new projects and technology upgrades.”
“We are pleased to be working in collaboration with the Ministry of Electricity to continue to help provide power to the people of Iraq,” said Steve Bolze, president & CEO of GE Power. “Using GE’s expanded portfolio of technologies and solutions, this project will provide more reliable and sustainable electricity for the country to help achieve better operations and higher levels of efficiency.”
Today’s announcement builds on GE’s successful delivery of more than 700 megawatts (MW) of additional power through existing power generation infrastructure to the national grid last year as part of the Power Up Plan’s Phase I.
GE has over 40 years of presence in Iraq, and supports the country’s infrastructure needs in power generation, oil & gas, water processing, aviation and healthcare, through diversified multi-business solutions and local presence. Today, over 130 GE turbines are in operation in Iraq apart from ongoing agreements to support power generation plants across the country. With three offices in Iraq - in Baghdad, Erbil and the southern oil & gas hub of Basra – GE continues to deliver its latest technology and expertise to local customers. The company has created more than 250 employment opportunities in the country, with nearly 95 percent of them filled by Iraqis.