Siemens Energy has secured a follow up order from the Ministry of Electricity in Iraq to supply the control and instrumentation system, field equipment and steam turbine generator spare parts for Iraq’s largest power plant, Al Mussaib. Upon completion in 2013, the plant will have improved output, increased efficiency and will provide reliable power to help meet the rising electricity demand for the people of Iraq. The scope of supply includes new rotating elements for the four 320-megawatt MW steam turbines, generator rotors and the complete instrumentation and controls system. The latest order follows the successful rehabilitation of the control system in unit 2 in 2009 and unit 1 in 2010.
The current installed energy capacity in Iraq is challenged to meet the growing power demand in the country and to provide predictable reliability. Therefore, improvements at the Al Mussaib plant and the installation of new substations in the country are crucial to help ensure that the growing demand is addressed in a timely and cost-effective manner.
“Iraq is facing acute and critical challenges in providing reliable power to all the country's residents and Siemens is fully committed to assisting the Ministry of Electricity in meeting those challenges,” said Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO, Siemens Energy, Middle East. “We have a long history in Iraq and the wider Middle East, and understand that this is an issue of utmost importance to the Ministry and the people of Iraq. With our complete portfolio of proven products and service solutions, we are well-positioned to address this issue.”
In addition to the latest order for Al Mussaib power station, Siemens also performed the renovation of the control system in the Al Hartha power station near Basrah in 2010, which was destroyed by a fire. The replacement was done in close cooperation with the station staff and unit 1 was brought back into operation in record time. The renovation of the control systems for units 2 and 3 was also awarded to Siemens.
Siemens further assisted with Iraq’s rehabilitation program of steam power stations by supplying major boiler equipment for the Daura power plant near Baghdad in 2008. On the two gas power plants of Kirkuk and Baiji, Siemens was appointed to perform extensive maintenance of the gas turbines and generators. The activities on the gas turbine and generator in the Kirkuk plant were successfully completed in March 2012, while the overhaul of the gas turbines at Baiji is ongoing and planned to be completed before the peak season in summer.
Siemens has also signed two separate contracts with Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity for gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substations as part of the ministry’s plans to upgrade its 132-kV power transmission network. Under the first contract, Siemens will supply and carry out civil and supervision works on six 132/33-kV GIS substations at various locations in the country. The second contract covers the construction of another six 132/33-kV GIS substations on a turnkey basis in Iraq. The contracts for the substations are due to be completed by October 2013.