Siemens said it will upgrade one of Iraq’s largest gas-fired power plants in a bid to support rebuilding the country’s power infrastructure.
Under a new contract, Siemens will add 650 megawatts (MW) to Shatt Al Basra Gas Power Plant, which currently has a power generation capacity of 1,250 MW and consists of non-Siemens turbines operating in simple-cycle mode, the company said in a statement.
Siemens will supply five of its highly-efficient steam turbines, ensuring the additional power supply comes at no extra fuel requirement. With this upgrade, the facility will be converted to operating in combined cycle mode and its overall efficiency will increase to more than 50 percent. Once the works are completed, the power plant will supply around one million Iraqis with reliable and clean electricity, Siemens said.
China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) awarded this contract to Siemens. The developer of the project is KAR Electrical Power Production Trading FZE (KEPPT).
Siemens said it was contracted earlier this year to supply two of its SST-5000 steam turbines to a similar project in Rumaila in Iraq, making it the first large-scale open cycle conversion project in the country. The upgrade works for both the Rumaila and the Shatt Al Basra power plants are scheduled for completion by 2020.
“Iraq is rebuilding its power infrastructure and we are eager to support the country’s future aspirations,” said Jean-Claude Nasr, senior executive vice president, Power Generation at Siemens in the Middle East.
“A reliable and efficient power supply is the backbone of a prosperous economy and today’s announcement underscores an important step towards realising Iraq’s aspirations towards building a robust power system and a sustainable economy for its people,”
Siemens recently received an order to modernise the Rumaila gas-fired power plant in Iraq, adding 700 MW to the plant. The scope of supply includes two SST-5000 steam turbines.