English KURDI كوردي عربي
ERBIL, July 3 (AKnews) – Switzerland’s leading power and automation technology group, ABB, has won orders worth about $120 million to design and build a 640 megawatt power plant for Kurdistan Region, the company has announced in a press release.
The cycle power plant will use natural gas from the region’s Khormala oil field and light fuel oil (LFO) as backup to generate electricity from gas turbines. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2013.
The station will feed the power into Iraq`s regional and national grid, and also supply electricity to the oil field as well.
According to the press release, there are also plans to convert the power plant into a combined cycle power plant in the future, which will increase its capacity from 640 megawatts to 1,000.
“This power plant will be the first in the region to feed power into the 400 kV national grid through the new Erbil Center 400/132 kV air-insulated switchgear (AIS) substation”
Since 2007, ABB has designed and built three power plants with a total capacity of 2,000 MW to supply electrical power to the regional grid in the Kurdistan region.
“These solutions will help build critical power infrastructure in the country to serve electricity needs and strengthen grid reliability in the region,” said Brice Koch, head of the Power Systems division, “The breadth of our technology portfolio and extensive project management experience will enable us to deliver an optimized customer solution.”