Siemens wins big Iraq power plant deal
Baghdad - Siemens said it has won a major order from Iraqi Ministry of Electricity to supply the control and instrumentation system, field equipment and steam turbine generator spare parts for the country's largest power plant at Al Mussaib.
Upon completion in 2013, the plant will have improved output, increased efficiency and will provide reliable power to help meet the rising electricity demand for the people of Iraq, the company said in a statement.
Siemens said the scope of supply includes new rotating elements for the four 320-megawatt (MW) steam turbines, generator rotors and the complete instrumentation and controls system.
The latest order follows the successful rehabilitation of the control system in unit 2 in 2009 and unit 1 in 2010, it added.
In addition to this, Siemens has also signed two separate contracts with Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity for gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substations as part of the ministry’s plans to upgrade its 132-kV power transmission network.
Under the first contract, Siemens will supply and carry out civil and supervision works on six 132/33-kV GIS substations at various locations in the country.
The second contract covers the construction of another six 132/33-kV GIS substations on a turnkey basis in Iraq. The contracts for the substations are due to be completed by October 2013, the energy giant said.
Commenting on the deal, Dietmar Siersdorfer, Siemens Energy CEO, Middle East, said, “Iraq is facing acute and critical challenges in providing reliable power to all the country's residents and Siemens is fully committed to assisting the Ministry of Electricity in meeting those challenges.”
“We have a long history in Iraq and the wider Middle East, and understand that this is an issue of utmost importance to the Ministry and the people of Iraq. With our complete portfolio of proven products and service solutions, we are well-positioned to address this issue.”
In addition to the latest order for Al Mussaib power station, Siemens also performed the renovation of the control system in the Al Hartha power station near Basrah in 2010, which was destroyed by a fire.-TradeArabia News Service