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US engineering giant General Electric has secured orders worth a combined $1.4bn from Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity to build new power plants and to upgrade and maintain existing plants. GE says the agreements will see the addition of over 2GW of generating capacity to the Iraqi grid.
GE will build power plants at Samawa and Nasiriya – respectively 280km and 370km southeast of Baghdad – with a combined capacity of 1.5GW. Four 250MW gas turbines will be installed at each site by 2018, initially operating in combined cycle mode.
A second phase of development will add heat recovery steam generators to the gas turbines, raising power output by 50% without the need for additional gas supply. Operating in combined cycle mode, the completed plants will require up to 200mn cfd of gas. (CONTINUED - 365 WORDS)