ABB has won orders worth approximately $120m from KAR Construction and Engineering Company to implement a 640MW open cycle power plant and construct two 400/132kV high-voltage substations in the Kurdistan region of Northern Iraq.

ABB will provide the electrical balance of plant (EBoP), including the connection between the generator and the 400/132 kV substation.

The company will also supply generator step-up and other transformers; and high-voltage equipment, such as a 420kV disconnecting circuit breaker (DCB), medium- and low-voltage switchgear, and plant automation control and protection systems.

The power plant will use natural gas from the Khormala oil field and light fuel oil (LFO) as backup to generate electricity, which will be feed into Iraq`s regional and national grid with the help of the two substations.

The power plant through the new Erbil Center 400/132 kV air-insulated switchgear (AIS) substation will feed power for the first time into the 400 kV national grid.

ABB said the project is sheduled to be completed by the end of 2013.