Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity, led by electricity minister HE Dr Luay Al-Khatteeb, has partnered with Iraq’s Mass Energy Group Holding (MGH) and American energy firm GE Power to work on Phase 3 of Besmaya Power Plant in Baghdad, with the companies signing an agreement to raise the total capacity of the plant to 4.5GW.
According to statement on GE's website, the company said it would supply MGH — which began work on the power plant in 2015 — four 9F gas turbines and four generators to equip Besmaya Phase 3.
Construction on Phase 3 of the power plant will create 1,200 jobs in Iraq.
Once completed, Besmaya Phase 3 will be the largest output to be added to the country’s national grid since 2014, adding 1.5GW of power by 2021. The first 500MW is scheduled to be added to the grid in the beginning of 2020.
The project, which has been approved by Iraq’s Council of Ministers, will see MGH supply electricity from the new extension to Iraq's Ministry of Electricity under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA).
Commenting on the project, Al-Khatteeb said: “As the first independent power project in Central Iraq, Besmaya set benchmarks in public-private sector partnerships and contributions to Iraq’s electricity network.”
Chairman of MGH, Ahmad Ismail, added: “We are excited to start working on the next phase of Besmaya today and remain committed to partnering with the government and people of Iraq to keep addressing the country’s power generation needs in the future as well.”
GE has previously supplied eight 9F gas turbines and four steam turbines for Phases 1 and 2 of the Besmaya power plant.
MGH and GE have worked together to generate 4GW of power in Iraq’s Kurdistan region through projects in Erbil, Duhuk, and Sulaymania projects.