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Alstom Wins €225m Equipment Deal in Anbar

Alstom Wins €225m Equipment Deal in Anbar

Alstom has been awarded a contract worth approximately €225 million to provide power generation equipment for the Al-Anbar gas-fired combined-cycle power plant being built in the Anbar province in Iraq.

A consortium of Metka SA and Metka Overseas Ltd is building the power plant for the Ministry of Electricity of Iraq.

The 1,642 MW power plant, due to be commissioned in 2016, will add much needed electricity to the Iraqi grid. Once in operation, it will be one of the largest and most efficient combined-cycle power plants in Iraq.

Under the scope of the contract, Alstom will supply four highly efficient GT26 gas turbines, four Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSG’s), two steam turbines and six air-cooled turbogenerators.

Commenting on the contract, Steve Meszaros, Senior Vice-President of Alstom’s Gas business said:

The Middle East is the most promising market for gas-fired generation and we are extremely pleased at expanding our presence in this region. Alstom has been a steady partner in the reconstruction of Iraq’s energy infrastructure and we are confident that our superior technology will make Al-Anbar a flagship project for the country”.

Alstom is currently constructing the Al-Mansuriya (728MW) gas-fired power plant in the Diyala Governorate, northeast of Baghdad and has also recently signed the 740 MW Zubair contract with ENI Iraq B.V. These plants are based on the GT13E2 gas turbine.

Alstom has also supplied the gas turbine for the Al-Najaf power plant that went into operation last year. Alstom continues to support the rehabilitation of Iraq’s existing installed base including unit 1 of the Najaf gas-fired power station, 160 km south of Baghdad.

(Source: Alstom)

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ABB’s Ventyx Wins Power Deal

ABB’s Ventyx Wins Power Deal

Ventyx, an ABB company, has announced that it has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Electricity (MOE) in Iraq to provide state-of-the-art energy management systems that will help improve the availability, performance and reliability of power supplies in Iraq from main control centers in Baghdad, Kirkuk and Basra.

The agreement is part of a major initiative to help rebuild a modern and reliable electricity transmission system for Iraq. The MOE is upgrading its existing Regional Control Centers (RCCs) by replacing legacy systems with an integrated solution that comprises Ventyx Network Manager SCADA EMS (supervisory control and data acquisition and energy management system) software.

Once upgraded, the control centers will provide operators with a system-wide view of the grid’s condition, enabling smooth operations as well as the rapid detection and correction of faults. The RCCs, jointly with the National Dispatch center (NDC), will be the backbone for the real-time monitoring, supervision and control of the country’s transmission grid.

By gaining greater visibility of its transmission network, MOE can reduce congestion and improve power availability and reliability – helping to avoid unplanned outages by rerouting power as needed. MOE will also be able to schedule planned outages, enabling its power plants to go offline for maintenance, as well as monitor “tie points” with surrounding nations so that power resources can be optimally shared between countries.

Ventyx will also provide extensive training, equipment maintenance and diagnostics services, as well as remote support services to ensure the smooth running of the transmission network.

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Alstom Wins €400m Zubair Contract

Alstom Wins €400m Zubair Contract

Alstom has secured a contract with Eni Iraq B.V. to build the 740 MW Zubair gas-fired power plant near Basra. The contract is valued at close to €400 million.

For this turnkey project, Alstom will be responsible for engineering, building and commissioning the plant as well as supplying key equipment – most notably four highly reliable GT13E2 gas turbines.

Technical support and engineering expertise for the project will come from Alstom’s Power Generation headquarters in Baden, Switzerland, and its German gas turbine manufacturing facility in Mannheim.

Gas Business Senior Vice President, Steve Meszaros, said:

Capturing the Zubair project is another confirmation of Alstom’s strong presence in Iraq’s gas-fired power generation sector … As the country pushes forward with reconstruction and expansion efforts, Alstom is yet again there to work with partners to assist in modernising Iraqi infrastructure.

The plant will support the expansion of the Zubair oil field near Basra. This project will make Alstom the only original equipment manufacturer to have secured more than one engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract in Iraq, following its success securing the similar Al Mansurya plant project north-east of Baghdad in 2011.

(Source: Alstom)

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Excess Electricity in Iraq?

Excess Electricity in Iraq?

By John Lee.

Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity has announced that some power plants will be shut down due to a surplus of electricity generation, Azzaman reports.

The plants will undergo maintenance before coming on line to meet summer demand.

This may come as a surprise to some residents of major towns such as Baghdad or Basra, and in particular Nasiriyah which suffers frequent rolling blackouts.

The ministry claimed Iraq is now generating 16,000 megawatts on a good day, but that about 6500 MW is lost due to problems with the grid, attacks on infrastructure and other challenges.

In the past, the ministry has blamed other ministries such as the Ministry of Planning for delaying the laying of new power cables, and has even announced that Iraq’s electricity problems have been solved.

So why does Iraq still suffer blackouts, and in some cases just 6 hours of electricity a day? The problems are many and much of the existing transmission and distribution system needs to be replaced.

Additionally, rises in family income mean more homes have electrical appliances such as air conditioning units. Demand has surged.

Some reports suggest up to a third of power is lost before reaching consumers, while newly built gas fueled power stations sometimes lack enough natural gas, and a dependence on heavy oil can cause excessive maintenance problems because it wears out equipment. Lower levels in the Tigris and Euphrates have also affected hydro-electric power generation.

Therefore, an increase in megawatts “on paper” does not always mean more homes with power in reality.

Iraq has allocated approximately $13 bn to repair its national grid and aims to generate 22,000 MW by 2015.

(Source: Azzaman)

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Iranian Company Attacked near Kirkuk

Iranian Company Attacked near Kirkuk

By John Lee.

Shafaaq News reported this morning (Tuesday) that unidentified gunmen opened fire on a building used by an Iranian company in the Taza sub-district South of Kirkuk.

The building, used for water purification, suffered damage in the attack, but there were no reported casualties and the attackers all escaped.

He added that the security forces cordoned off the scene and prevented people from approaching it and carried out search operations in the surrounding areas in search for the perpetrators of the attack.

(Source: FARS)

(Terrorism image via Shutterstock)

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Kuwaiti Company to Clean up Basra

Kuwaiti Company to Clean up Basra

By John Lee.

The Kuwait National Cleaning Company has reportedly won a three-year, 207-billion-Dinar contract to remove trash from Basra city.

According to a report from Alsumaria, the company beat six competitors from Germany, Lebanon, Turkey and Iran.

The Governor’s advisor for services, Mohamad Jaafar, said:

Al Basra’s Governor, Majed Al Nasrawi, reiterated on numerous occasions the importance of dealing with the company according to standards of quality, timely delivery and cleanliness instead of the weight of garbage collected and buried in landfills. The latter approach has proven to be a failure when it was adopted with Gifra, the Turkish cleaning company in 2010.

The Kuwaiti company has agreed to employ many of the existing municipal workers in providing the service, with the remaining workers re-allocated to “public schools and certain sanitary centers“.

(Source: Alsumaria)

(Picture: Refuse Collection in Basra)

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$4.7bn for Electricity Sector in 2014

$4.7bn for Electricity Sector in 2014

By John Lee.

The Iraqi government has allocated $4.7 billion to build power plants and finance existing electricity projects this year.

Electricity ministry spokesperson Masaab Al-Mudarris told Zawya:

As part of its 2014 plan, the Ministry of Electricity requested a budget of $12 billion to complete existing projects and to sign new contracts to compensate for the fluctuating shortage (of power), but the government only approved $4.7 billion.

Production capacity is currently 12,100 MW, with demand at 16,500 MW.

The Ministry of Electricity aims to produce an additional 7,500 MW by the end of 2014 and another 7,500 MW by the end of 2015.

According to Zawya, four new power plants were completed last year, but they are not yet operational due to gas shortages. The stations are:

  • Rumaila, Basra (1,460 MW);
  • Mansuriya, Diyala (730 MW);
  • Akkaz, Anbar (250 MW); and,
  • Alekiarp, Nineveh (750 MW).

(Source: Zawya)

(Picture: Power plant in Bayji)

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Belgian Firm Completes Kufa Water Facility

Belgian Firm Completes Kufa Water Facility

By John Lee.

Belgian sewage and water treatment firm Turbo4bio have announced the completion of the new waste water treatment plant at Kufa.

The 50,000 cubic meter per day capacity installation involves new technology developed by the company CEO Hans H. Badreddine.

Badreddine remarked how pleased he was with the completion of work at the site:

“The partnership with the An-Najaf city goes beyond meeting new regulatory requirements. It combines technical know-how with operational expertise to implement a solution which positively impacts the environment through guaranteed performance.”

The $440 million facility will be operated by the firm for one year before being passed over to Iraqi control, and incorporates a technology known as RBBR- “Returned Biomass Bio Reactor” an advancement on industry standard MBBR technology developed in the 1980s.

A company spokesperson described RBBR as,

“an advanced MBBR/IFAS process,where unique biomass carriers are intensively moved in Turbo Reactors ensuring an entirely attached growth process of biomass resulting in optimal effluent parameters all within a restricted footprint, practically free of odor, sludge, clogging and maintenance; an overall smarter, cleaner and greener WWT process.”

(Source: Turbo4Bio)

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