Energy systems order to stabilise Iraq power

ABB's Ventyx to be used to upgrade country's electricity network

NEWS, Business, ABB, Electricity, Energy management system (EMS), Iraq

Software company Ventyx, part of ABB Group, has signed a deal with Iraq's Ministry of Electricity to provide new energy management systems that will help to improve the reliability of the country's network.

The ministry is replacing existing regional control centres in Baghdad, Kirkuk and Basra with an integrated package using a SCADA EMS system.

This will allow the control centre's operators to have a system-wide view of the grid's condition, as well as an ability to quickly detect and fix faults.

It will also help to avoid outages caused by overloads by shifting power around the network where the need is greatest.

Adel Mahdi, a ministerial adviser at the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity, said: "Demand for electricity continues to expand, not just in urban areas, but across Iraq as the economy grows and Iraqi citizens experience increased standards of living.

"A modern and reliable transmission system is a necessity to meet this demand."

Ventyx executive vice-president Daryl Rolley added: "This agreement builds on our company's long-standing relationship with MOE, which is also implementing Ventyx software to help refurbish the electricity distribution system in Baghdad."

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