A delegation from GE Power, a global energy leader, today (November 4) met with Iraq’s Minister of Electricity Luay Al Khateeb at his office, to discuss next steps to drive the principles of cooperation (POC) signed by the ministry with GE to develop the country’s power sector.
The GE delegation was led by Joseph Anis, president and chief executive officer of GE’s Power Services business in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East, said a statement.
Luay Al Khateeb said: “The ministry’s top priority is to strengthen the electricity infrastructure of the country on an urgent basis, and we are looking at all possible initiatives to help boost power generation in the country as well as to strengthen our transmission and distribution network.”
“The POC signed with GE serve as a strong action plan to help meet our requirements and we look forward to begin the execution of activities noted under this proposal,” he added.
Joseph Anis added: “We congratulate Al Khatteb on his new position and look forward to working with the ministry to support the government’s vision of developing the country’s electricity infrastructure.”
“We are committed to delivering the action plan under the recently signed principles of cooperation and our top priority is to deploy GE’s proven fast power technologies and upgrades for existing assets to help bring up to an additional 1.5 gigawatts online by 2019 – the equivalent electricity needed to supply up to 1.5 million Iraqi homes,” he said.
“Power is a foundation to growth and we are honored and excited to support faster progress for the people of Iraq,” he added.
Under the POC signed with the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity, GE intends to add new power generation capacity; provide repairs, rehabilitation, upgrades and maintenance services for existing power plants; develop substations and overhead lines across the country; set up a centralized energy management system; and undertake comprehensive congestion network studies, as well as advisory services to reduce collection recoverable losses.
As part of the proposals in the POC, GE also plans to establish a local technology center comprising of a repairs center, monitoring and diagnostics center and a training center; provide three trailer-mounted mobile water treatment units; and supply neonatal intensive care equipment and advanced medical care training for nursing staff at a neonatal intensive care center.
The plan is expected to generate up to 14 gigawatts (GW) of power, create up to 65,000 direct and indirect jobs, support the government to realize savings and recoverable losses of up to $3 billion per year and support access to water and healthcare for local communities.
GE will also assist the Government of Iraq to unlock financing for these projects through its extensive relationships with global export credit agencies and financial institutions.
Currently, GE employs up to 300 people in Iraq and has three offices in the country – in Baghdad, Basra and Erbil. Today, GE and its partner CFMI power more than 90 percent of the aircrafts operated by Iraqi Airways, the company’s technologies contribute up to 55 percent of the current electricity production in Iraq and nearly 4,000 GE Healthcare products are deployed in hospitals and clinics across the country, it stated.
TradeArabia News Service