By Editors of Power Engineering
Siemens has expanded the company’s existing agreement with KAR Group in Iraq to provide operations and maintenance for two newly added units at the 930-MW, gas-fired Khormala power plant in the Kurdistan region.
The power plant meets almost 30 percent of the power demand targeted by the Kurdistan Regional Government. The extension of the service agreement is set to improve operational flexibility, availability, and performance of gas turbines for the next 15 years.
Siemens noted that, in the most recent Mena Power Report, Iraq’s power needs stands at 21GW and is growing faster than supply. Kurdistan’s government plans to increase capacity by building new power plants and increasing the efficiency of existing facilities.
“With more than 20 years of experience in O&M of power plants, we currently manage approximately 2,800 MW across the Middle East and North Africa region and over 16,000 MW globally,” said Gianluigi Di Giovanni, senior executive vice president of Siemens Power Generation Services in the Middle East. “Our global resources and fleet expertise enable us to provide complete plant services and management,”
The Khormala multi-year agreement with Siemens covers the operation and maintenance of six SGT5-2000E gas turbines, six SGen5-100A generators along with the associated auxiliary and ancillary systems. It also includes the implementation of Siemens Power Diagnostics digital suite.