Restoration works include repair of six GE 9E gas turbines, a damaged oil treatment system and fuel tanks
GE Power is working with the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity to strengthen the war-torn country’s power infrastructure by helping bring back to life the 750MW Al Qayara Power Plant, which was damaged during the recent conflict in Mosul.
In a statement, GE said that its team is working to repair six GE 9E gas turbines, replace a damaged oil treatment system and fuel tanks. It is also tasked with carrying out any other restoration works on the balance of plant equipment, with the goal of recommencing power production at the facility by the end of the year.
“There was extensive damage to Mosul’s power plants during the conflict, which has severely curtailed the city’s electricity generation capacity,” said Mussab Almudaris, official spokesperson of the Ministry of Electricity.
“One of our top priorities for Mosul is to rebuild the city’s electricity infrastructure and strengthen power production to meet the everyday needs of our citizens. We value the support extended by GE Power, which was one of the first companies to join our reconstruction efforts.”
First set up in 2013, the Al Qayara Power Plant served as a key hub for power production in Mosul. It was damaged by militants in 2016 and has been out of operation since then.
“Basic infrastructure services such as the reliable supply of power are essential to stabilize the region, facilitate the return of displaced populations and stimulate the local economy,” said Joseph Anis, president & CEO of GE’s Power Services business in Africa, India and the Middle East.
“The Al Qayara Power Plant is an essential part of Mosul’s power infrastructure and we are committed to working with the Ministry of Electricity to accelerate repair and restoration works so the site can start to generate power again within the year.”
To date, over 130 GE turbines have been installed across Iraq and GE-built technologies generate up to 50 percent of Iraq’s power.