GE to provide steam turbines to Erbil plant

sxc11GE has been awarded a contract by power producer Mass Global Investment Company to supply steam turbines for the upgrade of a power plant in Erbil in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

The company will supply and install two steam turbines, which will be used to convert the Erbil plant from single to combined cycle for boosting the plant’s capacity by 500MW. The GE C-7 steam turbines will join eight GE Frame 9E gas turbines already operating at the site and will further expand GE’s growing relationship with Mass Global.

The additional capacity will enable the plant to serve 100,000 households.

Turkish contractor Enka Construction & Industry Company has been appointed as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the plant conversion project.

The combined-cycle plant is scheduled to start commercial service in the second half of 2014, with a planned production capacity of 1,500MW.

The agreement also includes installation services, GE said in a statement.

Mass Global chairman Ahmad Ismail said, “Mass Global continues to be at the forefront of meeting the power requirements of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

“Converting our Erbil facility to combined-cycle service will increase the thermal efficiency of its power generation facilities. This new agreement builds on our growing relationship with GE, whose energy technology has been employed in our gas power facilities since 2006.”

Commenting on the win, GE Energy president and CEO for the Middle East, Joseph Anis said that this agreement has reflected GE’s continuing commitment to support energy infrastructure growth in the region.

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