Combined Cycle, Gas, Gas Turbines, New Projects, O&M

Siemens delivering turbines, diagnostics for 840-MW Iraqi GTCC plant

Global power giant Siemens will supply turbines, generators, transformers and diagnostic services for a key 840-MW gas-fired power plant in Iraq.

Siemens has received an order to supply the key components and long-term power generation services for the Maisan combined cycle facility. CITIC Construction Co., Ltd., the Chinese engineering procurement and construction firm building the plant, and Iraqi developer MPC, part of Raban Al-Safina for Energy Projects (RASEP) awarded the contract valued at more than 280 million euros ($314 million U.S.).

“Maisan combined cycle power plant project will be one of the unique projects in a series of power generation projects in Iraq’s history that will stand out due to its combining innovative German technology with an experienced Chinese EPC service provider,” Saadi Saihood, Chairman of Raban Al-Safina Group, said. “We are confident that such a strong team will enable us to deliver a successful project that will benefit millions of Iraqis.”

The independent power project is expected to deliver first power by March 2021 and enter full combined cycle mode by early 2022. The plant will supply electricity to serve more than three million Iraqis, while also supporting the industrial sector.

The Siemens scope of supply includes two SGT5-4000F gas turbines, one SST5-4000 steam turbine, and three SGen5-2000H generators, along with the SPPA-T3000 control systems, transformers and related electrical equipment, and the fuel gas system.

“This project will mark an important power generation milestone in Iraq,” said Karim Amin, CEO of Power Generation at Siemens Gas and Power. “This is very critical for the economics of the long-term operations and the effective utilization of fuel. In addition, the long-term service agreement is designed to ensure increased efficiency and maximum availability of the power plant while also providing technical training for local Iraqi staff on the operation and maintenance (O&M) front.”

Siemens will also utilize its Power Diagnostics Services (PDS), part of the Omnivise Digital Services portfolio. The company’s PDS solution combines asset data with industry expertise to deliver information that allows faster and accurate predictive analysis for effective decision-making. This enables improved operational planning to increase availability, mitigate risks, and optimize operational costs.

Siemens and the Ministry of Electricity of the Republic of Iraq recently signed an implementation agreement to kick off the actual execution of the roadmap for rebuilding Iraq’s power sector. As part of the implementation agreement, the two agreed on the awarding of contracts valued at approximately EUR 700 million for phase 1 of the roadmap. This includes the EPC construction of a 500 MW gas-fired power plant in Zubaidiya, the upgrade of 40 gas turbines with upstream cooling systems, and the installation of thirteen 132 kV substations as well as 34 transformers across Iraq.

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Siemens and gas-fired turbines and plants both will play key roles in the content at POWERGEN International happening Nov. 19-21 in New Orleans.