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Siemens has expanded the company’s existing service agreement with KAR Group in Iraq to provide comprehensive operations and maintenance (O&M) for two newly added units “SSC5-2000E” at Khormala power plant in the Kurdistan region.
The approximately 930-megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired power plant meets almost 30% of the power demand targeted by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), supplying more than 3 million Iraqi citizens with reliable electricity.
The extension of the service agreement is set to improve operational flexibility, availability, and performance of gas turbines for the next 15 years.
The agreement between Siemens and KAR Group aligns with Iraqi energy production goals.
According to the Mena Power Report 2017, the current power demand in Iraq stands at 21GW and is growing faster than supply.
The Kurdistan Regional Government plans to increase capacity by building new power plants and increasing the efficiency of existing facilities.
Senior executive vice president of Siemens Power Generation Services in the Middle East Gianluigi Di Giovanni said: “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.
“Our global resources and fleet expertise enable us to provide complete plant services and management,” he added.
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, which is part of the company’s ‘Digital Services for Energy’ portfolio, to improve asset visibility, reliability and availability