Building on more than 50 years of presence in Iraq, GE is supporting the country to develop its electricity infrastructure, working closely with the Ministry of Electricity to set up the Mansurya Power Plant in Diyala. Earlier, while still in its construction phase, the facility had been partially damaged during the conflict in the area and progress towards project completion had stalled.
The site is now expected to generate up to 720 megawatts (MW) of electricity powered by four units of GE’sGT13E2 gas turbines, each with a capacity of up to 180 MW under International Organization for Standardization (ISO) conditions. Two units have already been successfully synchronized to the national grid and the GE team at site is working to commission the other two units.
Musaab al-Mudarris, the official spokesman of the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity, said, “Our primary focus is on rebuilding and strengthening the country’s electricity infrastructure, especially in light of the surge in demand during the summer season. Several power plants, including Mansurya, were damaged, resulting in the need for the fast mobilization of advanced technologies to restore them and recommence operations. GE’s advanced technologies and technical support in rebuilding and powering-up the plant have come at a significant time. This will go a long way towards enhancing the well-being of our people and supporting local businesses and industries.”
During the rebuilding process, GE worked with the Ministry to provide gas turbines that offer industry-leading efficiency in their segment. The GT13E2 gas turbines are an excellent fit for the Mansurya plant in delivering efficient supply of electricity to meet peak summer demand. Moreover, if converted to combined cycle configuration, the power plant could operate at an efficiency of up to 55 percent.
“GE is committed to supporting Iraq in rebuilding and strengthening its electricity infrastructure, even in the most challenging of times,” said Mohamad Ali, President & CEO of GE’s Gas Power Systems – Projects, in the Middle East, North Africa and India. “The restoration and operation of the Mansurya Power Plant marks the value-add that our technology, technical support and local presence brings in fast-tracking the development of the country’s power structure.”
As part of its commitment to the country, GE will operate the Mansurya Power Plant for the first three months, ensuring that all systems are in place and that power generation is both smooth and efficient. Subsequently, the plant will be operated directly by the Ministry of Electricity.
Recently, GE supported the Ministry in helping restore operations at a damaged power plant in Mosul. GE is not only working to rebuild the Al-Qayara Power Plant but also providing six new 9E gas turbines that are expected to help deliver up to 750 MW of electricity by the summer of next year.
To date, over 130 GE turbines have been installed across the country. GE has three offices in Iraq - in Baghdad, Erbil and Basra – and the company continues to deliver advanced technology and expertise for the development of critical energy, healthcare and transportation infrastructure in the country.
Source: General Electric (GE)
Date: Jul 18, 2017