Kurdistan agrees $41.8m grid upgrade deal
Alstom Grid to supply switchgear to boost network reliability
KAR Construction & Engineering Company has awarded Alstom Grid a US $41.8 million contract to engineer and supply four 132/33/11 kV air-insulated switchgear substations, and one 132/33/11 kV gas-insulated switchgear substation, for the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Ministry of Electricity. The new facilities are all set to be located in the Dohuk Governorate of Kurdistan.
Kurdistan’s Ministry of Electricity had floated a number of tenders under “Stage 6” for substations in Erbil, Sulaymania and Dohuk Governorates, as part of the region’s work to increase the availability and reliability of its electricity supply. The deal marks the first contract for Alstom in the region since it completed similar 132/33/11 kV work in 2002 as part of the United Nations’ Development Plan.
“This project represents an important milestone for Alstom Grid as we re-enter Kurdistan’s market with a complete range of products covering both air-insulated and gas-insulated switchgear solutions, critical to the infrastructure of the region’s electricity network. This project underlines our continuing efforts in Iraq. Including Mosul 400/132/33 kV GIS substation and Khairat & Nainawa GTTP 400/132 kV exit substations won last year,” said Alstom Grid president Gregoire Poux-Guillaume.
Commissioning of the new substations is planned for September 2013, with Alstom’s remit set to include engineering, equipment supply and commissioning supervision.