The Ministry of Electricity of Iraq has commissioned a $75-million order to extend an existing transmission substation in the Southern part of the country.

The 400/132 kV Amara substation from ABB will connect a new 500 MW gas based power plant as well as smaller power stations, presently under construction, to the grid.

“The substation extension will enable the integration of additional power generation sources and boost power supply to the region,” said Brice Koch, head of ABB’s Power Systems division. “It will also help to improve grid reliability and power quality.”

As part of the turnkey contract, ABB is responsible for the project management, design, engineering, supply, installation and commissioning of the substation, including civil works. The project is scheduled for completion by 2013.

Key product supplies include air-insulated switchgear, transformers, shunt reactors and cables. ABB will also supply control and protection systems compliant with the IEC 61850 open communications standard and associated telecommunication equipment.