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Mashreq, Trade Bank of Iraq, GE enter strategic deal

DUBAI, August 8, 2018

Mashreq Bank, a leading financial institution in the UAE, has entered into a strategic cooperation with the Trade Bank of Iraq (TBI) and General Electric (GE) to accelerate the development of power projects in Iraq that will help meet the burgeoning demand for power in the country.
 
As one of UAE’s leading financial institutions, this partnership underscores Mashreq’s commitment to supporting transformative projects across the Middle East region. Over the last 10 years, Mashreq has supported key infrastructure projects in the region, including the likes of Ruwais Refinery Expansion Project and Bab Gas Compression Project.
 
Stelios Karavassilis, multinational corporates unit head at Mashreq Bank, stated: “The Iraqi government has demonstrated a strong resolve in boosting the infrastructure of the country and Mashreq Bank aims to help the nation implement these strategic projects. We are, therefore, extremely pleased to demonstrate our support to the Iraqi government via the financing of the Khor Al Zubair power station, in cooperation with our partners TBI and GE.”
 
Yoshito Murakami, CFO GE Power, Africa Middle East and South Asia, added: “Iraq is at the forefront of unprecedented developments, and with Mashreq Bank, one of the leading regional banks, the Government of Iraq and GE, we look forward to a long and successful partnership to support the country’s power needs.” 
 
Trade Bank of Iraq plays a key role in the Iraqi Government’s drive to enhance the power infrastructure and support the expanding requirements of its citizens. In July this year, TBI and GE successfully closed the transaction related to the rehabilitation of the Khor Al Zubair power plant worth €52 million, which was financed by Mashreq under this partnership.
 
The Khor Al Zubair project is the largest US Government-funded power-plant project undertaken in Iraq. Located in a remote region of southern Iraq, the gas-turbine plant is designed to supply electricity for hundreds of thousands of people.
 
Faisal Al Haimus, chairman & president of Trade Bank of Iraq, concluded: “Trade Bank of Iraq shares a longstanding and successful partnership with GE and we enjoy a great working relationship with Mashreq Bank. The successful closure of the Khor Al Zubair transaction highlights the trust we have in each other and we look forward to building on this relationship in the future. We believe projects such as these can significantly contribute to our country’s infrastructure development, especially in the hugely important power sector.”
 
GE has been active in Iraq for more than 50 years, and GE technology is involved in about 50% of Iraq’s power generation’s capacity.  Today, over 130 GE turbines are in operation in Iraq apart from ongoing agreements to support power generation plants across the country.  - TradeArabia News Service



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