Alstom to rehabilitate Iraqi power plant

Company signs contract worth around $28m for Najaf project.

Iraq needs to upgrade its power generation capacity.
Iraq needs to upgrade its power generation capacity.

Power infrastructure company Alstom has signed a contract worth around US$28 million to rehabilitate a 180MW power plant in Najaf, Iraq. The project is one of three envisaged by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the company and the Iraqi government.

The plant, built by Alstom in 1977, has been out of operation for the past five years. The scope of the project covers the delivery of a new compressor, noble parts for the gas turbine and combustion chamber, a new control system, major electrical components and an step-up transformer. Alstom is also responsible for erection and comissioning of the unit.

The other two projects outlined in the MoU are the turnkey supply of an oil-fired power plant in southern Iraq, to consist of three 400 MW units, and the supply and supervision of 400 kV GIS substations and 132 kV GIS & AIS (Air Insulated Substations).

Iraq’s government needs to uprade its power infrastruture after years of war, sanctions and neglect in the face of surging demand.
Estimates for peak demand in 2009 are between 10,000MW and 13,100MW. Conversely, electricity supply from the national grid averaged at 5,952MW, according to the US Special Inspector report to Congress.

To catch up with demand, the government has set the ambitious targets of growing generation from a nameplate capacity of around 15,500MW to 27,000MW by 2013, according to a report by Business Monitor International.

Iraq has already invested a total of US$5 billion in new equipment, buying 56 gas turbines from GE for $3 billion and 16 gas turbines from Siemens for $2 billion.


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