Alstom to rehabilitate Najaf Power Station in Iraq

Paris, October 25, 2010 – Alstom has signed a contract worth more than $28 million with the Ministry of Electricity in Iraq for the rehabilitation of Najaf power station, representing Alstom’s first Iraqi rehabilitation contract in a decade.

Alstom will carry out a fast-track rehabilitation at unit 1 of the power station, based at the holy city of Najaf, 160 km south of Baghdad. Built by Alstom in 1977, Najaf is a gas-fired power plant consisting of three GT13D gas turbines and with an overall output of 180 MW. The unit was damaged and has been out of operation for five years.

The project scope includes the delivery of a new compressor, noble parts for the gas turbine and combustion chamber, a completely new Alstom control system, major electrical components and an Alstom step-up transformer. Alstom is also responsible for erection and commissioning of the unit.

The rehabilitated unit will be reconnected to the Iraqi electricity network in time for the summer of 2011. Summer temperatures in Iraqi can be above 50° C in the shade, creating enormous need for electricity.

Equipment for the project will be produced at Alstom’s factories in Europe and at Alstom’s Jebel Ali service unit in Dubai. 

This is the first of the three projects outlined in a memorandum of understanding signed by Patrick Kron, CEO of Alstom and the Minister of Oil and Electricity, Hussain Ibrahim Saleh al-Shahristani, on July 28, 2010 for the development and modernization of Iraq’s electricity infrastructure.

The other two projects outlined in the MoU are the turnkey supply of an oil-fired power plant in southern Iraq, to consist of three 400 MW units, and the supply and supervision of 400 kV GIS substations and 132 kV GIS and Air Insulated Substations at various locations in Iraq.

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