Switzerland-based power and automation company ABB has secured a $30m contract to supply and install a substation at 3000MW Rumaila power plant in Basra, Iraq.

On completion of the installation, the private industrial conglomerate and independent power producer Shamara Holding Group (SHG), will operate the power plant.

The power facility will reduce the shortage of electricity in Iraq, by increasing the power generation capacity by 20%.

Iraq generates 13GW of electricity, while the country’s peak load demand stands at about 23GW.  The installation of new power plants is expected to help in increasing the electric generation and supporting economic growth.

ABB will use its technology and instrument transformers in designing, engineering, supplying and installing the 400kV insulated switchgear (AIS) substation. The new substation will also have digital control, protection and telecommunication systems.

ABB is one of the world’s major suppliers of substations with voltage levels up to 1,100 kV. The substations serving utility, industry and commercial customers as well as sectors like railways, urban transportation and renewables.

ABB Power Grids division president Claudio Facchin said: “Our advanced substation solution will help bring much needed electricity to the region by expanding capacity and strengthening Iraq’s power infrastructure, bringing much needed power to consumers.

“This project adds to our extensive installed base in the region and supports our Next Level strategic thrust on growing markets.”