France’s Alstom has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the government to develop power projects across Iraq.

Patrick Kron, the chief executive officer of Alstom, signed the agreement on 28 July with the Oil and Electricity Minister Hussain al-Shahristani.

The agreement covers three major projects – a greenfield power facility, a power plant rehabilitation project and a transmission scheme.

Alstom will supply a 1,200MW oil-fired power plant at Basra in southern Iraq. The contract covers the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of three steam units, each with an output of 400MW. Alstom will also provide 400kV and 132kV associated gas insulated substations (GIS).

The second project concerns the rehabilitation of the gas-fired power plant at Najaf in central Iraq, consisting of three GT13D gas turbines, with an overall output of 180MW.

The third project focuses on the supply and supervision of 400kV GIS substations and 132kV GIS and air insulated substations (AIS) in various locations.

Alstom expects to enter into exclusive negotiations with the relevant authorities for the implementation of the projects in the coming weeks.