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ABB wins $30 million order for Iraq power infrastructure development

  • 2 years ago (2017-08-03)
  • David Flin
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ABB has won a $30 million order to supply and install a substation at the 3000 MW Rumaila power plant, located in the Basra region of southern Iraq. The completed power plant will be operated by Shamara Holding Group (SHG), one of Iraq’s largest private industrial conglomerates and an IPP.

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The Rumaila power plant is expected to increase Iraq’s power generation capacity by about 20 per cent, and address acute shortages of electricity, which have been hampering economic growth in the country. The order was booked in the second quarter of 2017.

Rumaila power plant will have a capacity of 3000 MW, which will add to Iraq’s current generation capacity of 13,000 MW, still leaving the country short of its peak load demand of around 23,000 MW. Iraq balances its high demand and low supply capacity through load shedding. The addition of new generation plants will increase electricity supply and support economic growth.

ABB will design, engineer, supply, and install the 400 kV air insulated switchgear substation, which will be equipped with technology and instrument transformers from ABB. The substation will also be equipped with advanced digital control, protection, and telecommunications systems.

Claudio Facchin, President of ABB’s Power Grids Division, said: “Our advanced substation solution will help bring much needed electricity to the region by expanding capacity and strengthening Iraq’s power infrastructure, bringing much needed power to consumers. This project adds to our extensive installed base in the region, and supports our Next Level strategic thrust on growing markets.”