As Iraq seeks to rebuild its power infrastructure, Siemens is supporting the country with upgrading one of its largest gas-fired power plants. The company has won a contract to add 700 megawatts (MW) to the Rumaila Gas Power Plant, which currently has a power generation capacity of 1500 MW.
Siemens will supply its highly-efficient SST-5000 steam turbines, ensuring the additional power supply comes at no extra fuel requirement while increasing the overall power plant efficiency to more than 50 percent by converting the facility into combined cycle mode. This upgrade delivered by Siemens equipment will supply around one million Iraqis with clean and efficient electricity
Siemens was awarded the contract by Sinohydro, the Chinese state-owned hydropower engineering and construction company.
The developer is KAR Electrical Power Production Trading FZE Previously, Siemens had supplied five of its robust SGT5-4000F gas turbines to the plant, which was one of the first large-scale gas-fired facilities installed and commissioned in Iraq back in 2013. The upgrade works are scheduled for completion by 2020.
“As Iraq rebuilds its power infrastructure, we are proud to be a long-term partner that supports the country’s development. Siemens has been operating in Iraq for many decades and we are continuously looking at ways to cater to the country’s requirements for adequate power supply,” said Jean-Claude Nasr, Senior Executive Vice President, Power Generation at Siemens in the Middle East.
“This is the latest milestone in Iraq’s journey towards upgrading its electricity supply, and we look forward to helping provide millions of Iraqis with reliable power supply."
From energy supply and industry to financing and training, Siemens outlined its roadmap and commitment to supporting the development of Iraq in February at the Iraq reconstruction conference held in Kuwait.
The roadmap identified the country’s short, mid and long-term development needs. It focused on key areas including energy management, resource efficiency, education, anti-corruption and financing. It detailed how Siemens can support the country’s transformation.
Siemens envisions 40 million Iraqis living in vibrant cities, powered by reliable and efficient energy; a robust industrial sector and sustainable economic development, led by world-class, home-grown talent.