The Iraqi Ministry of Electricity and GE Energy announced today at a ceremony in Baghdad that they have signed an agreement for power generation equipment and services valued at nearly $3 billion to provide much-needed electricity to support Iraq's future economic development. The announcement is a significant milestone as the country seeks to rapidly develop its energy infrastructure and increase its electricity production.
Under the agreement, GE Energy is providing heavy-duty frame 9E multi-fuel gas turbines capable of supplying 7,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity. The Government of Iraq plans to install the units at key sites around the country to provide needed support for the electricity grid. GE's 9E gas turbine technology has proven reliability and performance in more than 400 applications worldwide.
As the world's leading supplier of gas turbines, GE Energy is well positioned to help Iraq meet its future needs for reliable and stable power generation. More than 6,000 GE gas turbines are installed worldwide and have accumulated more than 200 million hours of operating experience at unparalleled reliability levels.
Currently, Iraq's daily power generation output averages less than 6,000 MW, while the demand is typically more than 10,000 MW. The GE turbines can provide a platform for power stability thus helping address electricity shortages and position Iraq for future economic growth.
The agreement follows the Government of Iraq's previous order with GE in May 2008 for eight gas turbines capable of generating 600 MW to meet short-term power requirements in Iraq.
As part of the agreement, GE Energy will also provide technical advisory services, performance testing and spare parts to support the reliable operation of the turbines. In addition, GE will provide technical and management training in order to help Iraq strengthen its power sector workforce for the future.


The power equipment supplier, general designer and contractor for the project is Hited, Ltd. The project being realized the enterprise will increase reliability of power supply and will decrease the production prime cost. The power plant will generate 3 MW of electric and 5.93 Gcal/h of thermal power and will provide the plant with electricity, heat and hot water.
The power plant consists of three FG Wilson PG1250B gas engine power units equipped with waste heat recovery boilers and and two Riello RTQ 1500 peak boilers. The fuel is natural gas. The commissioning is scheduled for the second quarter of 2009.


Vestas has received an order for an offshore wind power plant with a total capacity of 300 MW. The wind power plant, Thanet Offshore Wind Farm, consists of 100 units of the V90-3.0 MW wind turbine and will be located 11.3 km offshore from Foreness Point in the Thames Estuary on the easternmost part of the Kent coastline, United Kingdom.
The order has been placed by Vattenfall Wind Power and comprises design, supply, construction, testing and commissioning of the 100 wind turbines as well as a five-year operation and maintenance contract. Vattenfall is responsible for foundations, offshore and onshore cables with substations and offshore installation vessels. Delivery of the turbines is expected to take place during 2009 and 2010, and installation of the wind power plant will take place in 2010.


The project was realized by Hited, Ltd. The customer for the project is MN-Holding, Ltd. The power plant consists of two FG Wilson PG500B1 gas engine power units equipped with one-circuit waste heat recovery system. The power plant generates 800 kW of electric and 0.52 Gcal/h of thermal power. The fuel is natural gas.


Siemens coal gasification technology has been selected for Canada's first low-CO2 IGCC power plant. EPCOR Power Generation is planning to build an integrated gasification combined cycle power plant (IGCC) featuring carbon capture and storage in Genesee near Edmonton, Alberta. The demonstration plant, with an installed capacity of approximately 270 megawatts, is scheduled to come on line in 2015.

In the first project phase, Siemens will provide the technology license, as well as the process and basic engineering design for the coal gasification island based on the Siemens SFG-500 coal gasifier. Following the completion of the front-end engineering design of the plant, EPCOR intends to enter into an agreement with Siemens to supply the gasification reactor and components of the feed system.

The Siemens coal gasification technology will produce clean syngas from coal, which will be used to fire a gas turbine in the combined cycle plant to provide electricity to the local grid. The emissions from IGCC plants are significantly lower than those from today's conventional coal-fired power plants. The plant in Genesee is designed to capture approximately 85 percent of the CO2 contained in the coal for enhanced oil recovery in existing oil fields.

"While we have secured a number of orders for our coal gasification technology in China, the U.S. and Australia, we are pleased to now have our first order in Canada. Our gasifier technology will be used for the first time for a full-scale IGCC project," said Michael Suess, CEO of the Fossil Power Generation Division of Siemens Energy. "In the future, IGCC power plants could make a significant contribution toward a more reliable energy supply with maximized climate and environmental compatibility," added Suess.

Within the framework of an action plan to mitigate climate change, Alberta Province recently announced a comprehensive investment program to finance technologies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. There are provisions for the investment of two billion Canadian dollars purely for the promotion of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects.

The Siemens Energy Sector is the world's leading supplier of a complete spectrum of products, services and solutions for the generation, transmission and distribution of power and for the extraction, conversion and transport of oil and gas. In fiscal 2007 (ended September 30, based on IFRS), the Energy Sector had revenues of approximately EUR20 billion and received new orders totaling around EUR28 billion and posted a profit of EUR1.8 billion. The Energy Sector had a work force of 73,500 at the beginning of fiscal 2008.

All figures represent the sum of the nonconsolidated figures for the Power Generation and Power Transmission and Distribution Groups and for the Oil, Gas and Marine Solutions Division of the Industrial Solutions and Services Group.


Wärtsilä has been awarded two contracts by Scottish and Newcastle (S&N), the major international brewing group, to supply and install equipment for two biomass-fuelled combined heat and power plants (CHP). The contracts are for two CHP plants to be located on the premises of the company's UK breweries in Manchester, for which the order was received in the end of 2007, and Tadcaster, for which the order was received in the beginning of 2008.

These Wärtsilä BioPower plants will be the first power plants in the world ever to produce, with high efficiency, both electricity and heat using spent grain as fuel. Spent grain is a by-product of the brewing process.

The Wärtsilä solution represents a major step towards sustainable energy self-suffiency for the brewing industry. At the same time, these BioPower plants will help the UK meet its target of having renewables power 10% of the country's electric supply by 2010.

The CHP plants will each have a thermal output of 7.4 MWth and an electrical output of 3.1 MWe. The plants, which will burn a mixture of spent grain and wood chips from local sources, are due to start operations in the first and second quarters of 2009, producing steam and electricity for the breweries' processes and exporting excess electricity to the local electricity network. S&N will earn Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROC's) for its production of renewable electricity.

"These projects are extremely important to our company in that they are a real demonstration of our commitment to improve our environmental footprint. Additionally, we believe the investments make good commercial sense, providing some protection from the volatility of the energy markets, as well offering additional security of supply," says Andrew McMurtrie, Project Manager, Scottish & Newcastle.

"The Wärtsilä BioPower plants will enable Scottish & Newcastle to make more efficient use of residue from its beer production, cut down on waste handling and energy costs, as well as reducing CO2 emissions," says Tauno Kuitunen, Regional Sales Director, Wärtsilä Biopower.