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Alstom Grid wins contracts to reinforce Kurdistan’s electricity network

17/07/2012

Alstom Grid has won contracts worth €34 million from KAR Construction & Engineering Company to engineer and supply four 132/33/11 kV Air-insulated Switchgear (AIS) substations and one 132/33/11 kV Gas-insulated Switchgear (GIS) substation for the Kurdistan Regional Government Ministry of Electricity. The package award also includes extensions and modifications of three existing area substations. All substations are located within the Dohuk Governorate, part of the Kurdistan Regional Authority of the Republic of Iraq. 

Kar Construction & Engineering Company is part of Kar Group, a local and privately owned Iraqi company having diverse interests in turnkey projects, private power plants, oil refineries, oil pipelines and vehicle insurance. 

The Ministry of Electricity floated several tenders under “Stage 6” for substations in Erbil, Sulaymania and Dohuk Governorates. These substations are part of the region’s ongoing efforts to keep pace with rapid economic development, by increasing both the availability and the reliability of the electrical network. It will enable the expansion of the transmission and distribution networks in the main city of Dohuk and surrounding suburbs. 

This contract reaffirms Alstom Grid’s commitment to taking an active role in the reconstruction and development of this growing region. This is the first substation project for Alstom in this region since the successful implementation of similar 132/33/11 KV substations in Erbil and Dohuk awarded to Alstom in 2002 under United Nations Development Plan for the rebuilding of northern Iraq. 

Grégoire Poux-Guillaume, Alstom Grid President, declared: “This project represents an important milestone for Alstom Grid as we re-enter Northern Iraq’s market with a complete range of products covering both air-insulated and gas-insulated switchgear solutions, critical to the infrastructure of the region’s electricity network. This project underlines our continuing efforts in Iraq, including Mosul 400/132/33kV GIS substation and Khairat & Nainawa GTPP 400/132kV exit substations won last year.” 

The commissioning of these Dohuk substations is planned for September 2013. Alstom Grid’s scope of work includes engineering, equipment supply (including substation automation systems) and commissioning supervision for 132/33/11 kV Air-insulated Switchgear (AIS) substations at North Dohuk (9 bays), Zakho 2 (9 bays), Bardarash (10 bays) and Kalakchi (10 bays), 132/33/11 kV Gas-insulated Switchgear (GIS) substation at West Dohuk (10 bays), as well as extensions and modifications at Sarsang, Akre Centre and Zakho 1 substations.

About Alstom

Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world, provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. The Group employs 92,000 people in around 100 countries. It had sales of €20 billion and booked close to €22 billion in orders in 2011/12.

Alstom Grid has over 100 years of expertise in electrical grids. Whether for utilities or electro-intensive industries or facilitating the trading of energy, Alstom Grid brings power to its customers' projects. Alstom Grid ranks among the top 3 in electrical transmission sector with an annual sales turnover of more than €4 billion. It has 20,000 employees and over 90 manufacturing and engineering sites worldwide. At the heart of the development of Smart Grid, Alstom Grid offers products, services and integrated energy management solutions across the full energy value chain—from power generation, through transmission and distribution grids and to the large end user.

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