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New Kurdistan power project launched

ABB awarded $120m contracts to build new 640MW plant

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The 640MW plant is scheduled for completion in 2013. (GETTY IMAGES)
The 640MW plant is scheduled for completion in 2013. (GETTY IMAGES)

KAR Construction and Engineering Company has awarded ABB contracts valued at about US $120 million for the design and construction of a new power plant, together with two 400/132kV high-voltage substations, to bolster power in Kurdistan. The deal will involve the construction of a 640 MW natural gas-fired open cycle power plant, with two new substations then helping feed the power back to the Iraqi grid, as well as supplying the Khormala oil field.

ABB will be responsible for design, engineering, supply and commission of the projects, providing key aspects such as transformers, high-voltage equipment and medium and low-voltage switchgear. The project is targeting an end-2013 completion date, though plans are in place to convert the site into a combined cycle 1,000 MW power plant in the future.

“These solutions will help build critical power infrastructure in the country to serve electricity needs and strengthen grid reliability in the region. The breadth of our technology portfolio and extensive project management experience will enable us to deliver an optimised customer solution,” said ABB’s head of Power Systems Brice Koch.

ABB has already designed and built three power plants to supply the Kurdistan region since 2007, with a total installed capacity of 2GW. The company also recently announced a $75 million contract to extend a transmission substation in the south of the country.
 

 

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