General Electric: A plan to end the burning of gas associated with oil extraction in Iraq

General Electric: A plan to end the burning of gas associated with oil extraction in Iraq

Tuesday 1 June 2021 | 12:45 pm

General Electric - A plan to end the burning of gas associated with oil extraction in IraqThe General Electric Company has prepared a plan to end the phenomenon of gas combustion associated with the oil extraction process, while it intends to establish two electric stations, one of which is the largest in Iraq, to ​​add about 2,200 megawatts to the network.

The Executive Director of the company in Iraq, Rashid Al-Janabi, said that the company’s staff have reached the last steps to complete the Zubair plant, which will add 700 megawatts of electric power, in addition to that work is still underway to expand the Basmaya power station, the largest in Iraq, to ​​introduce an additional 1,500 megawatts to reach 4,500 megawatts.

He added that among the immediate solutions that can be quickly benefited is the installation of mobile units TM2500 in the oil fields to benefit from the associated gas for the production of electric power and in a period not exceeding several months to produce hundreds of units in megawatts, which the national network greatly needs, and to end the phenomenon of burning associated gas, which affects the environment Iraq to a large extent.

And he indicated that (GE) is fully prepared to support Iraq in providing the necessary funding to build strategic projects to cover its need of electrical energy resources, and its financing capabilities depend on global expertise and on solid relations with export insurance agencies in several countries around the world, as well as with major institutions Finance, where we have already, in cooperation with the Iraqi Ministry of Finance, secured the financing of several important projects in the energy sector, with a value of more than two billion US dollars.

Concerning the possibility of establishing installed stations in the various regions of Iraq, Al-Janabi said: The HA technology , developed by General Electric, is the most rapidly growing gas turbine in the world, and has contributed to achieving two world records in the efficiency of power generation, and highlights the importance of this technology because it allows generating Larger amounts of power, without the need for additional fuel, as the example of the giant H- type turbines is in the UAE, where GE is building the Hamriyah plant and installing three H- type turbines to produce 1,800 megawatts.

And regarding the impact of the Corona pandemic on the company’s work in some stations and what projects were implemented during the past six months, Al-Janabi explained that General Electric began, months ago, to form a working team in coordination with the Ministry of Electricity and the relevant departments to facilitate work even during times of curfew. Qar completed by the company, where the work continued despite the challenges, especially the Corona epidemic, as the highest health standards were taken to ensure the safety of employees and partners, and the first phase of the Samawa power plant with a capacity of 500 megawatts and Dhi Qar power station with a capacity of 500 megawatts was completed and handed over to the Ministry of Electricity.

Al-Janabi confirmed that the company is also working to support the national electricity transmission network to open up bottlenecks and deliver the electricity produced to Iraqi cities and governorates, where GE has completed four transformative stations, two of them in Baghdad and two in Karbala.