Federal Iraq has received its first electricity from an independent power producer (IPP) project, with US firm General Electric (GE) announcing the start-up of four gas turbines with a combined capacity of 1GW at the Besmaya power plant 40km southeast of Baghdad.

The plant will have capacity of 3GW when completed in combined cycle mode. The first turbines are currently being operated in open cycle mode, requiring a supply of up to 200mn cfd of gas. The project is being developed by Jordan’s Mass Group Holding. (CONTINUED - 1371 WORDS)