Siemens, a global technology powerhouse, said it has secured a major contract from China Machinery Engineering Corporation for up-gradation of one of the biggest gas-fired power plants in Iraq.
The move, which comes as part of Siemens’ measures towards supporting the reconstruct of Iraq’s power infrastructure, will add other 650MW to Shatt Al Basra Gas Power Plant, which currently has a power producer capacity of 1,250MW.
As per the contract, Siemens will provide five of its highly-efficient vaper turbines, ensuring the additional power supply comes at no more fuel requirement. The plant already lies in non-Siemens turbines operating in simple-cycle mode.
With this progress, the facility will be modified to operating in combined cycle mode and its entire capacity will increase to more than 50 percent.
On completion, the plant, which is being developed through Iraq-based KAR Electrical Power Production Trading, will supply approximately one million citizens with credible and clean electricity.
Earlier this year, Siemens was contracted to supply two of its subnational SST-5000 steam turbines to an equal project in Rumaila in Iraq, constructing it the first large-scale open cycle modification project in the country.
The progress works for both the Rumaila and the Shatt Al Basra power plants are scheduled for ending by 2020, said the company in a statement.
Jean-Claude Nasr, the senior executive vice-president (power generation) at Siemens in the Middle East, said: A credible and efficient power supply is the backbone of a prosperous economy and today’s revealed underscores an important step towards aware Iraq’s requirement towards constructing a robust power system and a sustainable economy for its people.”
“Siemens imagine 40 million Iraqis existing in vibrant cities, powered by reliable and efficient energy; a stable industrial sector and sustainable economic development, led by world-class, home-grown talent.”
The global technology huge had lately received an order to modernize the Rumaila gas-fired power plant in Iraq, adding 700 megawatts (MW) to the plant. The scope of supply comprises two SST-5000 steam turbines.
Siemens said from energy supply and industry to reinvest and training, it has outlined its roadmap and commitment to helping the development of Iraq in February at the Iraq redevelopment conference held in Kuwait.