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Siemens Energy signs substation contract in Iraq

Iraq: Siemens Energy and the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity have signed a contract for the Al Hamudhia substation, which will provide reliable and efficient power supply to the cities of Ramadi, Fallujah, Saqlawyah, Khalediyah and surrounding areas in Al Anbar governorate, North West of Baghdad.

Located about 20 km away from Ramadi city, the turnkey 400 kV Al Hamudhia substation will support greater grid connectivity and allows for a higher utilisation of the Al Anbar power plant’s generated power, supporting anticipated energy demand growth of 10 % annually.

Ammar Mohammed Kadhim, General Director of Planning and Studies Department, Iraqi Ministry of Electricity and the Head of the Japanese loan team “IQP22” projects at the Ministry, said, “A top priority for the new government of Iraq is rebuilding the country’s power infrastructure. Upgrading and strengthening the Iraqi power grid is crucial to this ambitious plan, which will ultimately support Iraq’s economic, industrial, and infrastructure development. We are already working on comprehensive grid projects across the country in collaboration with international partners, like Siemens, to deploy the most reliable and advanced technologies.

The new substation will connect up to 750 MVA to the national grid, helping decrease bottlenecks and transmission losses. Construction of Al Hamudhia station is expected to start in July 2020, and is scheduled for completion in July 2022.

“The new substation will support in providing reliable power to the homes and industries in the governorate of Al Anbar,” said Mahmoud Hanafy, Senior Vice President, Transmission Solutions at Siemens Energy, Middle East.

Part of the JICA’s projects in Iraq, the 400 kV Al Hamudhia’s scope of work includes the design, construction, equipment supply, erection, testing, and commissioning and training of personnel. The project will be completed by Siemens Energy’s engineers in collaboration with specialised local Iraqi subcontractors.

The company is currently building 13, 132 / 33 kV substations as part of the Siemens Roadmap for the Electrification of Iraq. These projects aim to strengthen the country’s electricity transmission and distribution network. Siemens is also supplying 35 power transformers to support the Iraqi power grid.