The contract was awarded jointly by Citic Construction Company, the engineering, procurement and construction firm building the plant, and Iraqi developer Maisan Power Company (MPC), a part of Raban Al-Safina for Energy Projects (Rasep), which is owned by Raban Al Safina Group.
The independent Maisan Combined Cycle Power Plant is expected to deliver first power by March 2021 and enter full combined cycle mode by early 2022.
The plant will enable sufficient electricity supply to meet the needs of more than three million Iraqis in additional to supporting the industrial sector.
The Siemens scope of supply includes two STG5-4000F gas turbines, one SST5-4000 I-L steam turbine, three SGEN5-2000H generators, along with automation and control systems, transformers and related electrical equipment, the fuel gas system, and supervision during the implementation period by the Siemens team.
On the contract win, Siemens CEO (Middle East and UAE) Dietmar Siersdorfer said: "Iraq is undergoing economic transformation and as the country embarks on a series of ambitious infrastructure projects, efficient and reliable electricity will be essential to powering this development."
“With over 100 years of presence in the country, we are proud to support the generation of half of Iraq’s power supply. We are also committed to providing vocational training for up to 1,000 Iraqis to develop a pipeline of talented local workforce who can contribute to the New Iraq," he added.
Raban Al-Safina Group chairman Saadi Saihood said: "MCCPP project will be one of the unique projects of a series of power generation projects in Iraq’s history due to combining innovative German technology with an experience Chinese EPC service provider."
"We are confident with such a strong team will enable us to deliver a successful project that will benefit millions of Iraqis," he stated.
Karim Amin, CEO of power generation at Siemens AG, said: "This project will mark an important milestone in the power generation domain in Iraq. The state-of-the-art power island that will be installed by Siemens, including the latest technology of F-class Gas Turbines, will turn Maisan power plant into the most efficient gas-fired combined cycle power plant in Iraq."
"This is very critical for the economics of the long-term operations and the effective utilization of fuel," he added.
For the project, Siemens will also utilise its Power Diagnostics Services (RDS), part of the Omnivise Digital Services portfolio. The company's RDS solution combines asset data with industry expertise to deliver information that allows faster and accurate predictive analysis for effective decisions.
This enables improved operational planning to increase availability, mitigate risks and optimize operational costs, stated Amin.
“In addition, the long-term service agreement is designed to ensure increased efficiency and maximum availability of the power plant while also providing technical training for local Iraqi staff on the operation and maintenance (O&M) front, which will support skills development and knowledge transfer to the Iraqi people,” he added.
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