Joseph Anis, GE Energy's president and CEO for the Middle East, said:
"Today's agreement reflects GE's continuing commitment to support energy infrastructure growth in Northern Iraq and throughout the country. It builds on our growing relationship with Mass Global, supporting its efforts to enable a reliable and efficient supply of electricity needed to fuel the growth and development of the Kurdistan region. This agreement also reflects GE's ongoing commitment to support Iraq in boosting its power generation and infrastructure growth."
The conversion marks Erbil power plant as the first combined-cycle project in the Kurdistan region and further expands GE's growing relationship with Mass Global. This combined-cycle conversion power project in the country feature GE technology. There are 20 GE gas turbines installed in Mass Global projects today and last December, the two companies also signed a 12-year service agreement designed to support the efficient operations of the installed GE turbines as well as further build local technical expertise with a tailored training program for 30 Mass Global engineers.
ENKA Construction & Industry Co. (ENKA), the Turkish engineering, procurement and construction company, has been selected to build the new combined-cycle power plant.
GE's C series steam turbines are a well proven and experienced non reheat combined cycle design. First build in the early 1990's, this steam turbine design is most often applied in combined cycle with E class gas turbines or industrial applications. This two pressure level steam turbine design is used in multi-shaft combined cycle configurations to support from two to four gas turbines. Combined-cycle power plants utilize heat generated from gas turbines to drive steam turbines, generating additional electricity, without an increase in fuel. This significantly increases the efficiency of the power generation process.
GE will manufacture the steam turbines in Schenectady, NY, USA and will ship them to the project site during the second half of 2013. The combined-cycle plant will start commercial service in the second half of 2014.
(Source: Press Release)