By John Lee.
Alstom Grid has announced that it has won contracts worth €34 million ($42 million) from KAR Construction & Engineering Company to engineer and supply substations for the electrical grid.
The company will supply four 132/33/11 kV Air-insulated Switchgear (AIS) substations and one 132/33/11 kV Gas-insulated Switchgear (GIS) substation for the Kurdistan Regional Government Ministry of Electricity. The package award also includes extensions and modifications of three existing area substations. All substations are located within the Dohuk Governorate, part of the Kurdistan Regional Authority of the Republic of Iraq.
Kar Construction & Engineering Company is part of Kar Group, a local and privately owned Iraqi company having diverse interests in turnkey projects, private power plants, oil refineries, oil pipelines and vehicle insurance.
The Ministry of Electricity floated several tenders under "Stage 6" for substations in Erbil, Sulaymania and Dohuk Governorates. These substations are part of the region's ongoing efforts to keep pace with rapid economic development, by increasing both the availability and the reliability of the electrical network. It will enable the expansion of the transmission and distribution networks in the main city of Dohuk and surrounding suburbs.
This contract reaffirms Alstom Grid's commitment to taking an active role in the reconstruction and development of this growing region. This is the first substation project for Alstom in this region since the successful implementation of similar 132/33/11 KV substations in Erbil and Dohuk awarded to Alstom in 2002 under United Nations Development Plan for the rebuilding of northern Iraq.
Grégoire Poux-Guillaume, Alstom Grid President, declared:
"This project represents an important milestone for Alstom Grid as we re-enter Kurdistan's market with a complete range of products covering both air-insulated and gas-insulated switchgear solutions, critical to the infrastructure of the region's electricity network. This project underlines our continuing efforts in Iraq, including Mosul 400/132/33kV GIS substation and Khairat & Nainawa GTPP 400/132kV exit substations won last year."
The commissioning of these Dohuk substations is planned for September 2013. Alstom Grid's scope of work includes engineering, equipment supply (including substation automation systems) and commissioning supervision for 132/33/11 kV Air-insulated Switchgear (AIS) substations at North Dohuk (9 bays), Zakho 2 (9 bays), Bardarash (10 bays) and Kalakchi (10 bays), 132/33/11 kV Gas-insulated Switchgear (GIS) substation at West Dohuk (10 bays), as well as extensions and modifications at Sarsang, Akre Centre and Zakho 1 substations.