General Electric has presented a series of solutions to address the challenges facing the electricity sector in Iraq.
This came during GE's participation in a conference held
Thursday in Baghdad, which was attended by 400 senior government officials, representatives of
international financial institutions, multinational corporations and others.
During the conference, GE reviewed a comprehensive work plan for spreading fast and well-thought-out power generation technologies, improving existing power plants to provide the grid with an additional 1.5 GW of power by 2019, and providing maintenance and rehabilitation services to ensure continuous power output at current generation plants.
Moreover, the plan states providing the necessary improvements and services to existing generation plants and the conversion of simple cycle power stations to combined cycle system, allowing for the provision of new electric power without the need for additional fuel consumption or causing further emissions.
GE also plans to develop substations and extend air lines across the country. These initiatives can add up to 14 GW of power in the long run.
GE employs up to 300 employees in Iraq, with three offices in the country located in Baghdad, Basra and Erbil.
GE and its partners provide the power to operate more than 90 percent of Iraqi Airways aircraft, while the company's technology contributes up to 55 percent of the country's current electricity production.
Iraq's electricity crisis reportedly started last July when Iran decided to cut electricity and fuel supplies. Over $40 billion was spent on electricity in the country. However, the crisis continues to anger citizens due to mismanagement by energy ministries in consecutive governments.
Iraqi citizens in the capital Baghdad can get about 20 hours of electricity a day, while other provinces can only get about 12 hours.