(EnergyAsia, July 27 2012, Friday) — Alstom Grid said it has secured contracts worth €34 million to supply and instal four 132/33/11 kV air-insulated switchgear (AIS) substations and one 132/33/11 kV gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substation by September 2013 for the Kurdistan Regional Government Ministry of Electricity in Iraq.

The scope of work includes engineering, equipment supply (including substation automation systems) and commissioning supervision for four AIS substations at North Dohuk (9 bays), Zakho 2 (9 bays), Bardarash (10 bays) and Kalakchi (10 bays), one GIS substation at West Dohuk (10 bays), as well as extensions and modifications at Sarsang, Akre Centre and Zakho 1 substations within the Dohuk governorate in Kurdistan.

The contract was awarded by Kar Construction & Engineering Company, a unit of Kar Group, a local and privately owned Iraqi company having diverse interests in turnkey projects, private power plants, oil refineries, oil pipelines and vehicle insurance.

The Kurdistan Ministry of Electricity floated several tenders under “Stage 6” for substations in Erbil, Sulaymania and Dohuk Governorates. These substations are part of the region’s ongoing efforts to keep pace with the rising demand for electricity to facilitate economic development.

The expansion of the transmission and distribution networks in the main city of Dohuk and surrounding suburbs will help increase the availability and the reliability of the region’s electricity networks.

Alstom said this is its first substation project since it successfully implemented similar 132/33/11 KV substations in Erbil and Dohuk for contracts awarded in 2002 under the UN Development Plan for the rebuilding of northern Iraq.

Alstom Grid’s President, Grégoire Poux-Guillaume, said:

“This project represents an important milestone for Alstom Grid as we re-enter Kurdistan’s market with a complete range of products covering both air-insulated and gas-insulated switchgear solutions, critical to the infrastructure of the region’s electricity network. This project underlines our continuing efforts in Iraq, including Mosul 400/132/33kV GIS substation and Khairat & Nainawa GTPP 400/132kV exit substations won last year.”