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Germany’s Siemens has expanded an existing service agreement with KAR Group in Iraq to provide comprehensive operations and maintenance (O&M) for two newly added SSC5-2000E power plant units at the Khormala plant in the Kurdistan region.

The 930-megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired power plant meets nearly 30 percent of the power demand targeted by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), supplying more than four million Iraqi people with reliable electricity.

According to a statemengt from the company, “the extension of the service agreement is set to improve operational flexibility, availability, and performance of gas turbines for the next 15 years.”

The Mena Power Report 2017 says the current power demand in Iraq stands at 21GW and is growing faster than supply. The Kurdistan Regional Government plans to increase capacity by building new power plants and increasing the efficiency of existing facilities.

Gianluigi Di Giovanni, Senior Executive Vice President of Siemens Power Generation Services in the Middle East, commented:

“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, six SGen5-100A generators along with the associated auxiliary and ancillary systems. 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.

Siemens data-driven services enable valuable data from different assets to be analyzed. From there, data is transformed into actionable insights—such as diagnostics, troubleshooting and condition forecasting—that can help improve plant reliability and reduce downtime. In addition, the data processed by Siemens Power Diagnostics® can help balance maintenance costs, improve inspection intervals and provide invaluable insights into operational risks.

Siemens has managed the operation and maintenance of Khormala since 2013 under a multi-year services agreement. Currently, the company has more than 40 personnel on-site managing the power plant on behalf of KAR Group.

(Source: Siemens)

By John Lee.

Iraq’s Petroleum Contracts & Licensing Directorate (PCLD) has announced that previously-qualified international oil companies (IOCs) which are not currently operating in Iraq, and which did not participate in earlier licensing rounds, will not be eligible to compete in the current licensing round.

In an announcement (copied below), the PCLD said such companies will have to resubmit all documents and pay a fee of $25,000 if they wish to participate:

 

 

By John Lee.

Chevron has become the latest member of the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC), joining 57 other world- and region-leading organisations that form IBBC’s membership.

The company operates and has an 80 percent interest in the Sarta production-sharing contract (PSC) and the Qara Dagh PSC (pictured). The two blocks cover a combined area of 279,000 net acres (1,129 sq km).

In early 2016, it completed a second exploration well in the Sarta Block, and more evaluation of the block is planned.

For the Qara Dagh PSC, the results from seismic acquisition and evaluation in 2015 improved understanding of the prospects, and it is evaluating the next steps.

(Sources: IBBC, Chevron)