Siemens, the global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering operating in the energy, infrastructure, industry and healthcare sectors, has announced that it has signed a deal with independent power producer KAR Construction and Engineering Company Ltd to supply turbines, generators and ancillary systems to the new Khormala power plant near Erbil, Iraq, that will deliver electricity to more than four million people in the region.
Under the contract Siemens will supply four SGT5-2000E gas turbines and four SGen5-100A generators, along with associated auxiliary and ancillary systems, to the Erbil-based KAR Construction and Engineering Company Ltd, which is building the Khormala facility. The four-unit gas turbine power plant is located 25 kilometers south of Erbil, the region’s capital, which falls under the administrative authority of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
“Iraq is experiencing a period of intense development as it faces the challenges of providing a reliable power supply to its residents,” said Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO, Siemens Energy, Middle East. “Siemens has a long history in Iraq – and the wider Middle East – and is fully committed to supporting the country’s efforts to meet these challenges as a reliable technology partner, drawing on an extensive portfolio of innovative products and service solutions.”
With an installed electrical generating capacity of 640 megawatts (MW) – enough to meet roughly one quarter of the region’s power demand - Khormala will be the first major power plant project for KAR Group, which will also operate the facility.