GE has said it is supporting Iraq 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’s GT13E2 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.