Alstom Grid wins bids to reinforce Kurdistan Region electricity network

Alstom Grid Kurdistan RegionAlstom has won contracts worth US$41 million. (Image source: Alstom Grid)Alstom Grid has won contracts worth US$41 million (EUR 34 million)  to supply substations to the Kurdistan Regional Government Ministry of Electricity

The firm won contracts from KAR Construction & Engineering Company to engineer and supply four 132/33/11 kV Air-insulated Switchgear (AIS) substations and one 132/33/11 kV Gas-insulated Switchgear (GIS) substation.

Responsibility for the extension and modification of three existing area substations will also be included in the contracts. All substations will be located within the Dohuk Governorate, within the jurisdiction of the Kurdistan Regional Authority of the Republic of Iraq.

The contracts were awarded by local and privately-owned Iraqi company KAR Construction & Engineering Company, part of KAR Group, which has interests in turnkey projects, private power plants, oil refineries, oil pipelines and vehicle insurance.

Grégoire Poux-Guillaume, president of Alstom Grid, said, "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 400/132/33kV GIS substation and Khairat & Nainawa GTPP 400/132kV exit substations won last year."

The Ministry of Electricity floated several tenders under Stage 6 for substations in Erbil, Sulaymania and Dohuk Governorates. The substations will form part of the region's ongoing efforts to keep pace with rapid economic development by increasing both the availability and reliability of the electrical network. Alstom said it would enable the expansion of the transmission and distribution networks in Dohuk and the surrounding suburbs.

The contracts mark the first substation project for Alstom in the region since the company was awarded contracts to develop similar 132/33/11 KV substations in Erbil and Dohuk under the United Nations Development Plan in 2002.

Alstom’s scope of work includes engineering, equipment supply and commissioning supervision for 132/33/11 kV Air-insulated Switchgear (AIS) substations at North Dohuk (nine bays), Zakho 2 (nine bays), Bardarash (ten bays) and Kalakchi (ten bays). The company will also supervise the 132/33/11 kV Gas-insulated Switchgear (GIS) substation at West Dohuk (ten bays), as well as implement extensions and modifications at Sarsang, Akre Centre and Zakho 1 substations.

The commissioning of the Dohuk substations has been planned for September 2013. 

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