Iraq's Electricity Ministry, Siemens Energy sign substation contract
Construction work on Al Hamudhia station is expected to start in July 2020, and is scheduled for completion in July 2022
Siemens Energy and the Ministry of Electricity in Iraq have inked a contract to develop the 400-kilovolt (kV) Al Hamudhia substation, located about 20-kilometers from Ramadi city.
The substation will provide reliable and efficient power supply to the cities of Ramadi, Fallujah, Saqlawyah, Khalediyah as well as surrounding areas in Al Anbar governorate in the North West of Baghdad.
Scope of work of the Al Hamudhia substation includes the design, construction, equipment supply, erection, testing and commissioning, and training of personnel.
Siemens said that Siemens Energy’s engineers will work in collaboration with specialised local Iraqi subcontractors to complete the project.
Additionally, the substation will support greater grid connectivity and allow for a higher utilisation of the Al Anbar power plant’s generated power and it will support the 10% predicted annual energy demand growth.
Speaking about the substation, the general director of Planning and Studies Department at the Ministry of Electricity and the Head of the Japanese loan team “IQP22” projects, which are being financed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Ammar Mohammed Kadhim, said that it was a “top priority” for the new government of Iraq to “rebuild the country’s power infrastructure”.
“We’re already working on comprehensive grid projects across the country in collaboration with international partners, like Siemens, to deploy the most reliable and advanced technologies, Kadhim added.
Construction work on the Al Hamudhia station is expected to begin in July 2020, and is scheduled for completion in July 2022.
Once operational, the new substation will connect up to 750 megavolt amperes (MVA) to the national grid, helping decrease bottlenecks and transmission losses.
Talking about the substation, senior vice president, Transmission Solutions at Siemens Energy, Middle East, Mahmoud Hanafy, said: “The new substation will support in providing reliable power to the homes and industries in the governorate of Al Anbar.
“From transporting electricity from power plants to the distribution stations, all the way to the citizens, our ability to optimise flexibility and efficiency will contribute to boosting the transmission infrastructure of Iraq.”
The German multinational conglomerate is currently building 13, 132/33kV substations under its Siemens Roadmap for the Electrification of Iraq porgramme, an agreement for Phase 1 of which was signed by the company with the Government of Iraq.