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ABB has won an order worth around US$30mn from Zagros Energy to build four transmission and distribution substations in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq
ABB power systems manufacturer noted that demand for reliable power has been growing at a rate of 10 per cent to 25 per cent a year in the region due to industrial growth, construction projects and overall economic development.
The Kurdistan Region of Iraq power grid currently supplies around 2,750MW of electricity, with more than 90 per cent of the capacity owned and operated by independent power companies.
ABB said that the increasing demand for electricity will mean that outages and blackouts will become frequent.
The Swiss power firm’s project scope will include the design and supply of the substations and will enable an additional 600MW of power to the region. The substations will be based on GIS technology.
Two of the substations will be connected with 132kV underground cables due to the lack of space for overhead lines. Circuit breakers and air-insulated switchgear, control and protection systems, capacitor banks as well as power transformers and other high-voltage equipment will form part of the key product supplies. The project has been scheduled for completion in 2014.
ABB substations business head Oleg Aleinikov said, “These substations will go a long way towards helping this developing region meet the increasing demand for electricity. They will also strengthen the grid, reduce outages and improve the reliability of power supplies to consumers.”