ABB to construct Iraqi power plant

3 July 2012 (Last Updated July 3rd, 2012 18:30)

ABB has secured a contract from KAR Construction and Engineering to construct a power plant and two substations in the Kurdistan region of Northern Iraq.

ABB has secured a contract from KAR Construction and Engineering to construct a power plant and two substations in the Kurdistan region of Northern Iraq.

As part of the $120m contracts, ABB will design and build a 640MW open cycle power plant and construct two 400/132kV high-voltage substations on a turnkey basis.

The company will provide the electrical balance of plant (EBoP), including the connection between the generator and the 400/132kV substation.

Generator step-up and other transformers, high-voltage equipment such as a 420kV disconnecting circuit breaker (DCB), medium- and low-voltage switchgear, plant automation control and protection systems will also supplied by ABB as part of the project.

ABB Power Systems division head, Brice Koch, said the 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," Koch said.

Using natural gas from the Khormala oil field and light fuel oil (LFO) as backup, the power plant will generate electricity, which will be feed into Iraq's regional and national grid with the help of the two substations.

There is also an option to convert the power plant into a combined cycle power plant in the future, increasing its capacity to 1,000MW.

The plant, through the new Erbil Center 400/132 kV air-insulated switchgear (AIS) substation, will feed power for the first time into the 400kV national grid, and also supply electricity to the Khormala oil field.