Company extends agreement for complete plant operation and management to cover newly added units
Iraq’s KAR Group has expanded its existing service agreements with Siemens to cover the provision of comprehensive operations and maintenance (O&M) for two newly added units at its Khormala power plant in the country’s Kurdistan region.
The approximately 930-megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired power plant meets almost 30% of the power demand targeted by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), supplying more than three million Iraqi people with electricity. Siemens said in a statement that the extension of the service agreement is set to improve operational flexibility, availability, and performance of gas turbines for the next 15 years. The German technology major has managed the operation and maintenance of Khormala since 2013 under a multi-year services agreement. Currently, Siemens has more than 40 personnel on-site managing the power plant on behalf of KAR Group.
“With more than 20 years of experience in O&M of power plants, we currently manage approximately 2,800MW across the Middle East and North Africa region and over 16,000MW globally. Our global resources and fleet expertise enable us to provide complete plant services and management,” said Gianluigi Di Giovanni, senior executive vice-president of Siemens Power Generation Services in the Middle East.
“The plant is truly a landmark project, supporting the development goals of the Kurdistan region. That’s why we are proud to expand our collaboration with KAR Group to deliver reliable and stable electricity supply to people’s homes.”
The Khormala multi-year agreement with Siemens covers the operation and maintenance of six SGT5-2000E gas turbines and six SGen5-100A generators along with their associated auxiliary and ancillary systems, said the statement. It also includes the implementation of Siemens Power Diagnostics, which is part of the company’s Digital Services for Energy portfolio, to improve asset visibility, reliability and availability.