Alstom lands $550mn Iraq power plant contract

Firm to build new power plant with four turbines at Zubair oil field

The plant installed at Al Masurya by Alstom.
The plant installed at Al Masurya by Alstom.

Alstom has announced that it has secured a contract worth around $550mn to provide a gas-fired power plant to the Zubair oil field near Basra in southern Iraq.

The firm has been commissioned by a consortium led by Italian energy giant Eni that is developing the huge field. It will be responsible for building and equipping the plant, which will contain four gas turbine engines made at its factory in Germany.

“Capturing the Zubair project is another confirmation of Alstom’s strong presence in Iraq’s gas-fired power generation sector,” said Stave Meszaros, a senior vice-president in Alstom's gas business unit.

“As the country pushes forward with reconstruction and expansion efforts, Alstom is yet again there to work with partners to assist in modernising Iraqi infrastructure.”

An $840mn contract was awarded to Samsung Engineering to build a gas separation plant at the same field yesterday.

Eni is developing Zubair alongside Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Korea Gas Corporation and Iraq's state-run Missan Oil Company.

Alstom has already worked on a similar plant at Al Mansurya north east of Baghdad. That contract was secured in 2011.

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