Paris, December 12, 2011 — Alstom signed a contract worth about $530 million with the Iraqi government to build the 728 MW Al Mansuriya gas-fired power plant northeast of Baghdad.
The plant will add generation capacity to Iraq's electricity network by providing enough electricity to the entire Diyala Governorate and a part of Baghdad, located 80 km away from the plant.
The first unit of the plant is scheduled to be operational in early 2013. Equipment will be manufactured in Alstom's factories in France, Switzerland and Germany. With more than 10 million operating hours accumulated worldwide, Alstom's GT13E2 gas turbine has demonstrated superior operational performance and continues to provide reliable power to millions of consumers worldwide.
In July 2010, Patrick Kron, Chairman and CEO of Alstom, and the Ministry of Electricity, signed a memorandum of understanding for the development and modernization of Iraq's electricity infrastructure.
Under this MoU, Alstom is currently rehabilitating unit 1 of the Najaf gas-fired power station, 160 km south of Baghdad. The unit was out of operation for five years; the rehabilitation will allow the first turbine, recontribute again an output of 60 MW to the Iraqi electricity network.