Siemens awarded US$313.79mn contract for Iraq power plant

industry 1827884 640Siemens has been awarded a contract to supply major components and long-term power generation services for the 840MW Maisan combined cycle power plant in Iraq

The contract, valued at more than US$313.79mn, was awarded to Siemens by CITIC Construction Co Ltd, Chinese engineering procurement and construction firm building the plant, and Iraqi developer MPC, part of Raban Al-Safina for Energy Projects (RASEP).

The independent power project is expected to deliver first power by March 2021 and enter full combined cycle mode by early 2022. The plant aims to supply sufficient electricity to meet the needs of more than three million Iraqis, while also supporting the industrial sector.

The Siemens scope of supply includes two SGT5-4000F gas turbines, one SST5-4000 steam turbine and three SGen5-2000H generators, along with the SPPA-T3000 control systems, transformers, related electrical equipment and the fuel gas system.

Saadi Saihood, chairman of Raban Al-Safina group, said, “Maisan combined cycle power plant project will be one of the unique projects in a series of power generation projects in Iraq’s history that will stand out due to its combining innovative German technology with an experienced Chinese EPC service provider.”

“Iraq is undergoing an economic transformation and as the country embarks on a series of ambitious infrastructure projects, efficient and reliable electricity will be essential to powering this development,” commented Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO of Siemens Middle East and UAE.

The company is planning to provide vocational training for up to 1,000 Iraqis in order to develop a pipeline of talented local employees who can contribute to the new Iraq.

Added to this, Siemens and the Ministry of Electricity of the Republic of Iraq have signed an implementation agreement to kick off the actual execution of the roadmap for rebuilding Iraq's power sector. As part of the implementation agreement, the two agreed on the awarding of contracts valued at approximately US$784.48mn for phase 1 of the roadmap. This includes the EPC construction of a 500MW gas-fired power plant in Zubaidiya, the upgrade of 40 gas turbines with upstream cooling systems and the installation of thirteen 132 kV substations as well as 34 transformers across Iraq.

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