The Taji power plant has been commissioned in Baghdad and has been hailed by the Iraqi government as the first step in securing reliable energy for the country.
The plant runs on four GE Frame 6B gas turbines and can generate enough electricity to support about 160 000 households.
GE (NYSE: GE) is supplying similar equipment for two another two new plants in Hilla and Karbala, which are expected to be operational later this year.
“The successful startup of Taji signals the first steps in fulfilling our continuous commitment to bring much needed, reliable electricity to the people of Iraq,” said Iraq’s Minister of Electricity, Karim Aftan Aljumaily.
He said the project also marked “an important milestone in our ongoing relationship with GE”.
GE is supplying the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity with an additional 56 gas turbines for projects across the country which are expected to add more than 7000 MW of electricity to support the expansion of the country’s energy infrastructure and help fuel future economic growth.
Joseph Anis, president of GE Energy in the Middle East, said the commissioning of Taji was “a significant moment for GE in Iraq and reinforces our growing commitment to the country”.
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