General Electric (GE) has been awarded contracts worth $1.4 billion by the Ministry of Electricity, Iraq. The contracts include setting up power plants as well as providing technology upgrades and maintenance services for the existing power infrastructure. GE will build the Samawa and Dhi Qar power plants, with a combined capacity of 1,500 MW, and the company will initially install four 9E gas turbines in simple cycle at each of the power generation facilities by 2018. The company will also be responsible for the supply of advanced heat recovery steam generators and steam turbine technology. GE has agreed to add around 580 MW of generation capacity to the national grid through upgrade and rehabilitation works at the four existing power plants. The contracts are a part of Phase II of the Power Up Plan, a Ministry of Electricity initiative for critical electricity generation and maintenance projects.