The Ministry of Electricity of Iraq has placed an order worth $75m with ABB to extend an existing transmission substation in the Southern part of the country.

The 400/132 kilovolt (kV) Amara substation will connect a new 500MW gas based power plant and other under construction smaller power stations to the grid.

Under the contract, ABB will manage, design, engineer, supply, install and commission the substation and the scope of the work also includes civil works for the project.

ABB Power Systems Division head Brice Koch said the substation extension will enable the integration of additional power generation sources and boost power supply to the region.

"It will also help to improve grid reliability and power quality," Koch said.

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

The project is planned to be completed by 2013.

ABB is a provider in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact.