Nabil Habayeb, GE’s President & Chief Executive Officer for the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, said: “GE’s advanced technologies are a perfect fit to the developmental requirements of the Kurdistan region, and through our public and private partnerships, we have been able to address some of the real challenges faced by the people – be it power shortage or boosting healthcare standards. We look forward to playing an integral role in supporting the Kurdistan Region’s economic expansion.”
“We are confident that we can further strengthen our public and private sector partnerships in Kurdistan, and help the Government in addressing its development requirements. We will continue to support the local Kurdish workforce and create new job opportunities for them.”
The Kurdistan Government, over the past few years, has focused on wide-ranging developmental projects across all key growth sectors – from energy to infrastructure development, healthcare, aviation, water supply, power distribution and aviation. Across all these, GE has established strong partnerships that help the Government achieve its goals.
According to the Kurdistan Ministry of Electricity, the region’s three governorates – Dohuk, Erbil and Sulaimania – require between 1,600 to 1,700 MW of power. To help address this, GE is delivering 18 GE Frame 9E turbines to Northern Iraq, designed to generate 2,250 megawatts by the end of 2011.
Through the agreement with Mass Global Investment Company, an independent power producer in Northern Iraq (IPP), GE will support the company to maintain the high reliability and overall performance of the 18 GE gas turbines installed at the Arbil, Sulaimaniyah and Dohuk power plants in the Kurdistan region.
The long-term agreement covers the supply of parts and repairs services for planned outages of the GE Frame 9E gas turbines over a period of 12 years. The agreement will also support the building of local technical expertise with a tailored training program for over 30 Mass Global engineers.