ABB set to build plant to supply power to Kurdistan

ABB has won orders worth around $120m (£86m) from KAR Construction and Engineering Company to design and build a power plant and construct two 400/132kV high-voltage substations that will supply power to the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq.

The 640MW open-cycle power plant will use natural gas from the Khormala oil field and light fuel oil (LFO) as back-up to generate electricity from gas turbines.

Two 400/132kV high-voltage substations will help feed the power into Iraq’s regional and national grid, and also supply electricity to the Khormala oil field.

There are plans to convert it into a combined-cycle power plant in the future, increasing its capacity to 1,000MW.

This power plant will be the first in the region to feed power into the 400kV national grid through the new Erbil Center 400/132kV air-insulated switchgear (AIS) substation.