Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems has won a deal to refurbish a 200 MW unit at a power plant in Iraq that has been damaged by the many years of conflict in the country.

The order comes from the Ministry of Electricity of Iraq and requires large-scale replacement of core components of the plant’s seriously degraded power generation facilities.

The project is being financed through a Japanese Overseas Development Assistance loan and is scheduled for completion in May 2017.

Hartha power plant is in the city of Basra and incorporates both gas and oil-fired units. Its power generation equipment was originally supplied by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in 1980.

However, three wars have seen the original facilities suffer partial damage as well as gradual degradation and today Unit 4 is operating at around 40 per cent of its rated capacity.

MHPS will replace Unit 4’s core equipment – boilers, steam turbines and generators – plus introduce a state-of-the-art distributed control system.

Installation and other work at the site will be performed by GAMA Power Systems Engineering and Contracting, a Turkish engineering firm.

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