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Alstom to rehabilitate Iraqi power station

Power group agrees $65 million contract at Khor Al Zubai power station

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Alstom to upgrade Iraqi gas turbines. (GETTY IMAGES)
Alstom to upgrade Iraqi gas turbines. (GETTY IMAGES)

Alstom has announced that it has agreed a $65 million contract to rehabilitate two units at Khor Al Zubair power station in Iraq's Basra district. The company claims the scheme will increase the output of each of the two units by 30 MW, and will also significantly improve the efficiency and lifecycle of the units. The units themselves are based on Alstom's GT 13 gas turbine technology.

The project includes an upgrade to the units' compressors and gas turbines, in addition to replacement and improvement of the electrical and control systems. Work will be carried out in Alstom's European factories and at the company's service unit in Jebel Ali, Dubai. The first upgraded unit will then be reconnected to the grid later this year, with the second following before the summer peak of 2013.

Alstom are also currently rehabilitating a unit at the Najaf gas-fired power station located 160 kilometres south of Baghdad. When upgraded, this unit will return to contributing 60 MW to Iraq's electricity network.

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