GE has clinched orders worth more than $1.4bn from Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity.

The contracts are part of the Power Up Plan – an initiative with the ministry for critical electricity generation and maintenance projects throughout the country – that will add over 2 GW of power and cover not just new plants but also technology upgrades and maintenance services.

GE will set up two new gas-fired plants – Samawa and Dhi Qar – adding 1500 MW to the grid. In a first phase, GE will install four of its 9E gas turbines in simple cycle at each plant site by 2018.

A second phase will involve the combined cycle conversion of the 9E units.

GE is also supplying advanced heat recovery steam generators and steam turbine technology as well as serving as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the projects.

The second phase will also see GE will add over 580 MW to the national grid through upgrade and rehabilitation works at four existing power plants.

Musaab al-Mudarris, spokesman for the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity, said the pact with GE “is a 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.”