Taji Plant adds 160MW of additional capacity to the Iraqi power grid and will help MOE meet the country’s urgent energy needs.

The plant comprises four Frame 6B gas turbines delivered by GE, which is also supplying similar equipment for two other new power plants in Hilla and Karbala that are slated to be operational in 2012.

The company is also supplying the MOE an additional 56 gas turbines for projects across Iraq that are expected to enter service from 2012, adding more than 7,000MW of electricity to support the country’s energy infrastructure.

Iraq Minister of Electricity Karim Aftan Aljumaily said, "The successful startup of Taji signals the first steps in fulfilling our continuous commitment to bring much needed, reliable electricity to the people of Iraq."

GE Energy Middle East president and CEO Joseph Anis said, "Working closely with the Ministry of Electricity, we have been successful in executing on our promise to deliver GE’s advanced technology to ensure that additional power is made available to the Greater Baghdad area."