Germany’s Siemens will upgrade one of the country’s biggest gas-fired power plants.
Under a new agreement, Siemens will add 650MW to Shatt Al Basra Gas Power Plant, which currently has a power generation capacity of 1,250 MW and consists of non-Siemens turbines operating in simple-cycle mode.
Siemens will provide five of its highly-efficient steam turbines, ensuring the additional power supply comes at no extra fuel requirement. With this upgrade, the facility will be modified to operating in combined cycle mode and its overall capacity will increase to more than 50-percent. Once the works are completed, the power plant will supply approx one million Iraqis with reliable and clean electricity.
Siemens was awarded the agreement by China Machinery Engineering Corporation. The developer of the project is KAR Electrical Power Production Trading FZE.
This year, Siemens was contracted to provide two of its robust SST-5000 steam turbines to a similar project in Rumaila in Iraq, making the first large-scale open cycle modification project in the country. The upgrade works for both the Rumaila and the Shatt Al Basra power plants are scheduled for the end by 2020.
Siemens recently received an order to innovate the Rumaila gas-fired power plant in Iraq, adding 700MW to the plant. The scope of supply comprises two SST-5000 steam turbines.
From energy supply and industry to financing and teaching, Siemens outlined its roadmap and commitment to supporting the development of Iraq in February at the Iraq rebuild conference held in Kuwait.
The roadmap identified the country’s short, mid, and long-term development requirements. It focused on key areas that comprise energy management, resource capacity, education, anti-corruption, and financing. It extended how Siemens can support the country’s transformation. Siemens imagine 40-million Iraqis living in vibrant cities, powered by reliable and efficient energy; a strong industrial sector, and sustainable financial development, led by world-class, home-grown talent.