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Iranian-Built Power Plant Opens


By John Lee.

Iraq has inaugurated a 162-MW power station designed and built by Iran’s MAPNA Group in the Heidarieh district, some 25 km north of Najaf.

Iran’s PressTV reports that the opening ceremony on Thursday was attended by the Iranian and Iraqi energy ministers.

According to the report, Iran’s Energy Minister, Hamid Chitchian, said his country is prepared to promote “all-out relations” with Iraq, especially in the electricity sector.

Iran’s annual electricity exports to Iraq are valued at one billion dollars, with Baghdad importing 1,300 MW of electricity from Iran.

(Source: PressTV)

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French to Help Develop Electricity Sector


By John Lee.

Iraq’s Minister of Electricity, Qasim Mohammad Abid Hammadi al-Fahadawi [Qassim al-Fahdawi] held a meeting with the French Ambassador to Iraq, Marc Barety, on Sunday.

The Ambassador congratulated the Minister on his new role, and assured the Minister of the full support of the French government and private sector companies in the development of Iraq’s electricity infrastructure.

(Source: Ministry of Electricity)

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Iran Water, Electricity Projects Worth over $1.3bn


By John Lee.

Iranian companies are reported to be implementing water and electricity projects in Iraq worth over $1.3 billion (1.5 trillion Iraqi dinars).

According to an article from Trend, an Iranian Energy Ministry official said Iranian companies were currently working on 31 projects in Iraq in these sectors, and added that he expects more Iranian companies to invest in water and electricity projects in Iraq in the future.

The Iranian ambassador to Iraq, Hassan Danayeefar [Hassan Danae Fer] (pictured), is reported to have said in April that Iran exports 80 percent of its technical and engineering services to Iraq, and that the Iraqi market could absorb $500 billion worth of investment in that sector.

(Source: Trend)

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Iraq Seeks to Increase Electricity Imports


By John Lee.

Iraq’s new Minister of Electricity, Qasim Mohammad Abid Hammadi al-Fahadawi [Qassim al-Fahdawi] (pictured), is to travel to Iran on Tuesday to hold talks on electricity imports.

At a meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Hamid Chitchian, the Minister will also discuss the expansion of economic ties between Tehran and Baghdad.

In 2013, the two sides agreed to increase electricity exports from Iran to Iraq by 500 megawatts.

Tasnim News Agency reports that Iranian companies have so far completed 10 projects in Iraq in the area of water and electricity, and another 27 projects valued at $1.245 billion (1.45 trillion Iraqi dinars) are still in progress.

(Source: Tasnim News Agency)

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GE’s to Provide Turbines to Iraq


GE (NYSE: GE) has signed a contract with ENKA to supply power generation equipment for a new 750-megawatt (MW) combined-cycle plant being developed by Qaiwan Group in Iraq.

GE will provide four 9E gas turbines and one steam turbine for a new power plant in Sulaimaniyah to support the government’s goal of strengthening the electricity infrastructure in the Kurdistan region.

GE has played a key role in supporting the region’s focus on providing uninterrupted power for its people and driving industrial growth. Through its regional partnerships, GE’s turbines support more than 90 percent of the electricity generated in the Kurdistan region, supplying nearly 20 hours of electricity a day.

The new power plant in Bazyan marks the fourth power project that GE is supporting with its heavy-duty gas turbine technologies in the region.

The Erbil, Sulaiymaniyah and Dohuk plants, powered by 24 GE 9E gas turbines, produce more than 3,000 MW, the equivalent to the required annual energy needs of approximately 3 million households in Iraq. The Bazyan plant will help deliver power to an additional 750,000 households.

Saad Hassan, CEO of Qaiwan Company, said:

“The Bazyan power plant is expected to address the growing demand for power in the Kurdistan region. Our objective is to enhance its operations through a combined-cycle plant with reliable and advanced technologies that contribute to greater efficiency in the long run. GE’s gas and steam turbines are an ideal fit to our requirements.”

Fehmi Bayramoglu, member of the executive committee, ENKA said:

“The Bazyan project is one of our key contracts in the region, which we are committed to developing as per an aggressive project schedule. Having worked with GE on three earlier projects in the region, we are confident of the additional value that the company’s technologies bring to the project.”

Mohammed Mohaisen, CEO, GE Power Generation Products and Services Sales, Middle East and North Africa said:

“With over 40 years of presence in Iraq, GE is committed to supporting its developmental goals to build a strong electricity infrastructure. Our contract for the Bazyan power plant is the fourth with ENKA in this region, highlighting the trust of our partners in delivering advanced technologies that strengthen the efficiency of power projects. GE’s gas and steam turbines will assist in enhancing plant operations that support the rapidly growing industrial area of Bazyan.”

(Source: GE)

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Enka Wins $4.5bn Power Plant Deal


By John Lee.

Turkish construction giant Enka has reportedly struck a deal with the Iraqi government to build two natural gas combined cycle plants in Baghdad and Sulaymaniyah.

The two projects combined are expected to provide 3,000 megawatts to the Iraqi grid.

According to the report from Daily Sabah, the deal, covering the construction of the plants, has an estimated value of around $4.5 billion [5.2 trillion Iraqi dinars].

Enka currently has four other construction projects in northern Iraq.

(Source: Daily Sabah)

[Picture: Enka project at West Qurna-2]

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CG Awarded $25m Contract


By John Lee.

Crompton Greaves Ltd (CG), part of the Indian company Avantha Group, has announced a $25-million new contract win for the design, construction and delivery of 16 mobile electrical substations.

The order was placed by the General Directorate for Transmission, Upper Euphrates Region, Ministry of Electricity in Iraq.

The key deliverables are engineering and supply of 16 mobile substations containing 31.5 MVA transformers delivered by CG’s Power Transformer factory in Hungary, auxiliary/earthing units manufactured in the Distribution Transformer factory in Belgium and control and protection equipment provided by CG’s Automation arm ZIV. Integration and assembly work for the project will be concluded at the CG factory in Belgium.

The suite of mobile substations will be flexibly deployed throughout Iraq for utilities and industries to provide interim grid connections and temporary power supplies. CG’s short-track delivery of mobile units allows flexible use in the Iraqi grid.

Typically its applications would range from power supply during emergency or planned outages, to moving loads, and the integration of distributed or renewable generation. Delivery is expected to be completed by September 2015.

The Ministry of Electricity in Iraq selected CG to execute this project on account of an enduring business trust and in recognition of CG’s high quality, reliable T&D products. CG has a successful track record of providing reliable mobile substations and conventional (Gas Insulated Switchgear/Air Insulated Switchgear) substations to the Middle East region and has the reputation of being one of the leading manufacturers of mobile substations, worldwide

Commenting on the order, Avantha Group Company CG’s CEO and Managing Director, Laurent Demortier (pictured), said:

We thank the Ministry of Electricity, Iraq, for renewing their trust in us. CG has a long-established business foundation in Iraq for over 25 years.

“Combining our global technology, engineering expertise and strong local presence, we have positioned Iraq as a strategically important market, for a wide range of projects in electric power and other industries. We are pleased to continue supporting the country’s growth and development.”

(Source: CG)

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Dhi Qar to Invest $430m in Power Projects


By John Lee.

The Dhi Qar governorate intends to invest 500 billion Iraqi dinars ($430 million) in power projects in the next three years, according to a report from Emirates 24/7.

Shanan Al Zamli, chairman of the electricity committee in the governing council, told al-Sumaria that the investment will add 2,000 MW to its generating capacity, bringing it up from 1,000 MW to 3,000 MW, which will help to tackle the severe power shortage in the governorate.

He added that the council had already approved a project to build a 1,000-MW power plant to the north of Nasiriyah, and another 1,000-MW plant in Suq Al Shuyukh in the south of the province.

(Source: Emirates 24/7)

(Electricity image via Shutterstock)

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