Under the contract, GE will provide four 9E gas turbines and one steam turbine for the new power plant being built by Qaiwan Group in Sulaimaniyah.

The contract will support the government’s efforts to boost the electricity infrastructure in the Kurdistan region.

Currently, GE’s turbines support more than 90% of the electricity generated in the Kurdistan region, through regional partnerships, supplying nearly 20 hours of electricity a day.

Powered by 24 GE 9E gas turbines, the Erbil, Sulaiymaniyah and Dohuk power plants in Iraq generate more than 3,000MW of electricity which is equivalent to the required annual energy needs of approximately 3 million households.

The Bazyan plant is expected to produce power to an additional 750,000 households.

Qaiwan Company CEO Saad Hassan said: "The Bazyan power plant is expected to address the growing demand for power in the Kurdistan region.

"Our objective is to enhance its operations through a combined-cycle plant with reliable and advanced technologies that contribute to greater efficiency in the long run. GE’s gas and steam turbines are an ideal fit to our requirements."

ENKA executive committee member Fehmi Bayramoglu said: "The Bazyan project is one of our key contracts in the region, which we are committed to developing as per an aggressive project schedule."

GE Power Generation Middle East and North Africa products and services sales CEO Mohammed Mohaisen said: "GE’s gas and steam turbines will assist in enhancing plant operations that support the rapidly growing industrial area of Bazyan."