Iraqi Ministry Of Electricity And GE Working To Meet Growing National Energy Needs

TheMOE and GE are working to deliver the Salman Pak, Ammari and Baladiyat 132 kilovolt (kV) substations this summer to help the city of Baghdad receive more stable electricity by evacuating and distributing power through the national gird

GE, Ministry of electricity

Press Release: Working with the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity (MOE) under the guidance of the Prime Minister, H.E. Dr. Adel Abdul Mahdi and the patronage of the Minister of Electricity, H.E. Dr. Luay al-Khateeb, GE Power continues to support Iraq in meeting its goals to strengthen the country’s energy ecosystem.

Speaking at the “Powering Iraq Conference” held in Baghdad on July 10, 2019, Joseph Anis, President & CEO of GE’s Gas Power Systems & Power Services businesses in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia discussed the challenges still facing Iraq’s power sector and highlighted various solutions GE could provide to address them. These include integrated gas to power projects equipped with GE’s HA turbines, which have already delivered two world records for combined cycle efficiency and can help Iraq produce up to 3,300 MW of power by utilizing gas that is currently flared. Another priority is the conversion of simple cycle power plants to combined cycle to help Iraq generate up to 4,000 MW of additional power using the same amount of fuel. Iraq also needs to further strengthen its transmission and distribution system and GE is already helping to do so by setting up new substations and overhead lines. Furthermore, the company can help Iraq unlock financing through its global network of international financial institutions, export credit agencies and others and has in fact already facilitated the Iraqi Ministry of Finance to unlock up to $2 billion of funding for energy sector projects.

“At GE, we take the responsibility of addressing Iraq’s energy needs seriously and are committed to keep supporting the government, as well as our other customers and partners in the country to power Iraq forward,” said Joseph Anis. “The successful execution of our projects with the Ministry of Electricity is a reflection of both our industry-leading solutions and the hard work of hundreds of GE Iraq employees who are not just promising change but delivering it every day across the country, from Zakho to Basra.”

Most recently, the MOE and GE replaced a damaged generator at Amara Power Plant, enabling the restoration of another 125 MW of power to the national grid to help meet electricity demand in summer 2019 and beyond. GE’s scope of work included removal and storage of the old generator; inspection of auxiliary systems; and the transportation, installation and commissioning of the new generator. The project was successfully completed ahead of schedule in the short span of less than three months after contract signature, without any safety incidents. Furthermore, over 30 MOE officials were trained on EHS requirements and principles, enabling them to work more safely at the site in the future.

Musaab al-Mudarris, Director of the Media Department of the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity said, “We are delighted to work with international experts who have demonstrated a clear commitment and capacity to strengthen Iraq’s electricity infrastructure. GE Power has been a long-term partner to Iraq over the years, and the fast-track completion of the Amara project is another example of our successful collaborations. Each additional megawatt of electricity generated in Iraq can help to power up to a thousand homes and by continuing our efforts to keep adding more power to the grid, we can drive real progress for the Iraqi people.”

Looking ahead, the MOE and GE are working to deliver the Salman Pak, Ammari and Baladiyat 132 kilovolt (kV) substations this summer to help the city of Baghdad receive more stable electricity by evacuating and distributing power through the national gird. Another 11 substations spread across the provinces of Ninawa, Salah Al Din, Al Anbar, Karbala, Baghdad, Qadisiyyah and Basra are currently scheduled for delivery between 2020 – 2021.

GE is also helping Iraq to operate its heavy fuel oil (HFO) based power generation assets more efficiently. For example, about 25 percent of the country’s installed capacity is fueled by HFO at present. However, less than a quarter of this existing fleet is operational due to limitations in maintenance, deterioration over time and damages from conflict. There is a significant potential for additional capacity by using upgrades and new equipment. As a leading global provider of steam power solutions for both building new power plants and providing services to existing ones, GE can help the MOE better utilize these assets.

GE has up to 300 employees across Iraq, most of them local Iraqis and the company has supported the development of critical infrastructure across the country for over 50 years. Since 2011 alone, GE Power has helped to bring 14,000 MW of electricity online across Iraq, including in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Today, GE technologies supply up to 55 percent of Iraq’s power, 4,000 GE Healthcare technologies are deployed across Iraq and GE and joint venture engines equip up to 90 percent of Iraqi Airways’ aircraft.


Baghdad .. 30 Jordanian companies participate in the conference of digital transformation to increase the adoption of electronic payment system


Mustafa Kuran 2 hours ago
Side of the conference

The Association of Iraqi Banks organized the activities of the Digital Convergence 
Conference 2019 in cooperation with the Jordanian Jordanian Economic Association and in the presence of the Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq Ali Alaq, the Iraqi Minister of Communications and the Jordanian Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship, with the participation of more than 30 Jordanian technical companies from the land of the Babylon International Hotel in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, to discuss ways to develop the banking system and the adoption of electronic payment.

Al-Alak said in a speech at the conference: “We see a positive surge in the digital banking services in the banking industry in enhancing financial coverage, and the methodology adopted by the Central Bank is always focused on working under a clear legislative umbrella and sound regulatory and legal framework, The concepts of governance and the adoption of international standards in terms of information technology and financial techniques and the development of regulatory frameworks that support the ambitious plans from the practical work is appropriate to the environment of Iraq in terms of technical, financial and even cultural. 

He added: “In order to move to the culture of electronic trading, the Central Bank issued electronic payment system of funds No. 3 of 2014 and the establishment of the National Payments Council and is working with legislators to issue a draft law on the issuance of national payments.

One year went on to rely on the electronic payment system at a commercial center in Baghdad for the first time. According to data from the Association of Banks, seven other centers initiated the same step during this period, but the owners of the centers underline the low awareness in the use of these devices. 

“This system is better and easier for us, and it avoids counterfeit and damaged banknotes as well as small denominations,” said Saad Abdullah, owner of the first online payment system. 

Some emphasize the need for government intervention to increase reliance on electronic payment systems in banks and shops. 

“We all have a Visa card, and we want to develop, I hope that the electronic system will be relied on in everything, and that is what is happening in the world and the Middle East,” said Muhannad Abdul Sattar, one of the dealers.

Although neighboring countries including Turkey, Iran, Jordan and Syria are heavily dependent on the electronic payment system, but the experience is still new in Iraq and does not exceed the number of users used by the fingers.

Pope Francis intends to visit Iraq and meet with Sistani next year



Catholic Church announced the list of countries to visit the Pope Catholics in 2020, including the Kurdistan Region.
Pope Francis will begin his tour of the Middle East as part of the “Human Brotherhood” document signed by him and Sheikh Al-Azhar in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi in February.
The Pope will visit the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, and the city of Najaf, where he will meet the Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, then visit the Kurdistan region, and will meet in Erbil with senior officials of the region and representatives of the Christian component.

Massoud Barzani congratulates Dawa Party and Maliki: We hope to establish a new era with Kurdistan


 2019/07/14 08:06:23

The President of the Kurdistan Regional Government congratulated Barzani, the Islamic Dawa Party successfully the conference and renewed confidence in Nuri al-Maliki as Secretary-General of the party. 
I hope that this will be the impetus for establishing a new era in relations with the Kurdistan Region, in light of the positive atmosphere prevailing now, “Barzani said in a statement to the twilight news. 
“We congratulate the Dawa Party for playing a role in consolidating and stabilizing the atmosphere, which reflects positively on the long-term relationship between Arbil and Baghdad and the prosperity of Iraq in general.” 
On Saturday, the Islamic Dawa party in Iraq re-elected Nuri al-Maliki, party secretary-general, during party elections in the southern Iraqi province of Karbala.

The President of the Republic is directing the inclusion of a paragraph in the budget to support the creators and provide health care for the pioneers

Editorial date: 2019/7/14 13:51 

The President of the Republic, Barham Salih, stressed the need to provide care and attention to journalists, writers and artists, especially the elderly, in appreciation of their constructive role in supporting the cultural and literary process and their contribution to strengthening the democratic experience in the country.
A statement issued by the Presidency of the Republic received by the agency {Euphrates News} a copy of it today that Saleh “was received during his reception at the Peace Palace in Baghdad, Minister of Health and Environment Dean Alalwan and Minister of Culture and Tourism and Abdul Amir Al-Hamdani and the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate Muayad al-Lami and Captain Artists Jabbar Jodi and President of the General Union of Literature And the book in Iraq, Najm al-Mamouri, to include a paragraph in the budget year {2020} to establish a special fund to support creators in the field of literature and culture and other areas, as directed by their treatment in specialized hospitals, either in Baghdad or in the Kurdistan region and as needed.
Saleh pointed out that “the responsibility of journalists, writers and artists after defeating terrorist organizations, and the need to educate citizens and equip them with knowledge, make them aware of the facts of intellectual and cultural products, as well as their role in restoring Baghdad to its prestige and status as a center of civilization and intellectual radiation.” 
Reiss listened to the detailed talks by members of the delegation reviewed the obstacles faced by the work of writers, journalists and artists in Iraq, expressing their high appreciation for his sovereignty in providing support and support for the cultural and journalist.

Loans of 100 million dinars for university owners and 75 million for schools to expand their businesses


Economy News _ Baghdad

Rafidain Bank has set the loans of the owners of universities, private schools and kindergartens amounting to 100 million dinars.

“For the purpose of providing support to universities and private schools and contributing to the creation of an educational environment, it is decided to grant loans to university owners, kindergartens and schools to expand their business,” the bank’s information office said in a statement.
He added that “kindergartens set a loan of 25 million dinars and 50 million dinars for primary schools and middle and middle schools set to 75 million dinars and university owners will be the loan amount of 100 million dinars.”

Kanna: There is no American reservation on Abdul Mahdi’s visit to Washington

13:57 – 14/07/2019

Information / Baghdad …

MP Yonadam Kanna denied on Sunday that there was any American reservation on the visit of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to Washington, noting that Abdul Mahdi succeeded in managing international relations on an exceptional basis.

He said in a statement to Al-Maaloumah that “the news that there was a US refusal to visit Adel Abdul-Mahdi to Washington during this month is completely unfounded,” noting that “the United States continues to send delegations and meet with Iraqi officials periodically without a presence Any reservation or reference to bad relations. ”

“Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has managed to manage foreign relations in an ideal manner and achieved international balance despite the difficulty of Iraq’s position on the regional crisis between Iran and America,” Kana said.

Political sources have revealed a White House refusal to visit Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi at the end of this month to Washington because of his positions from the crowd and Iran. Ending / 25 d,15700021,15700043,15700186,15700191,15700253,15700256,15700259&usg=ALkJrhh92lEEGlFk0Bku-vH1j7FWAWIxWw

Joint statement by the Foreign Minister and Mujerini on the relations between Iraq and Europe

Editorial date: 2019/7/14 11:33

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the joint statement of Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali al-Hakim and the High Representative / Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mujerini on the relations between Iraq and Europe and regional cooperation.

“Iraq and the European Union reaffirm their common commitment to peace, stability in the Middle East in general and the call to reduce the escalation of current tensions in the region, recalling the dangers, and the dire consequences that are taking place,” the statement said. May hit Iraq and the region, and extends beyond that. ”

“Iraq and the EU share a common vision for the region and want to actively support activities and initiatives; to promote dialogue instead of confrontation, and to build a cooperative framework based on common interests.”

“The European Union remains committed to working with the Iraqi government to promote these values and believes that the Iraqi proposal for a regional conference deserves full support and commitment,” he said, .

“Iraq and the European Union stress that their close friendship has deepened in recent years through joint cooperation to a staunch defeat: the European Union appreciates the contributions and sacrifices made by Iraq in the war against terrorism, and supports Iraq’s efforts to eliminate all forms of thought Iraq appreciates the support provided by the European Union to the Iraqi government and the Iraqi people, as well as the European Union’s commitment to the quest for peace and stability in the Middle East through diplomatic efforts. ”

“The EU Strategy for Iraq 2018 sets out the mechanism to support the political and economic priorities of the partnership with the Iraqi government, while the partnership and cooperation agreement that entered into force in August 2018 sets out the legal framework for this partnership, and the two sides look forward to rapid implementation; Including democracy, human rights, economic, trade, energy, security, transport, environment and migration issues. ”

“The EU and Iraq are working together to achieve the goals set by the Iraq Reconstruction Conference held in Kuwait in February 2018 to provide a better future for the people of Iraq based on improved governance and overall economic development.”

“The EU’s contribution of 1.2 billion euros in humanitarian assistance, stability, development and security cooperation since 2014 is the best proof of its long-term commitment to the strategic partnership with Iraq.”