Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity has awarded a contract to the local Baghdad Company to build a 500MW gas-fired power plant at Haydariya.

The Haydariya power project in the north-east of Najaf province will comprise four 125MW turbines supplied by the US’ GE.

The turbines were secured as part of a deal, which was signed between the ministry and the US company two years ago.

The power plant will be built on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis according to Ala’a Disher Zamil, the head of the independent power project (IPP) programme at the Ministry of Electricity, speaking on the sidelines of MEED’s Iraq Power & Gas Projects 2011 in Istanbul.

Haydariya power plant is one of three announced power projects to use GE turbines that are set to start construction. One of the other projects will have a capacity of 250MW and will be built at Akkas and the other at Najibiya with a capacity of 500MW.