The prospective bidders for the estimated $180 million contract are Alstomof France, Siemensof Germany, GE Power Systemsof the US, Ansaldo Energiaof Italy and Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

The contract will cover the supply of open cycle gas turbines, as well as related civil works. MEW has stipulated that the turbine units should have a capacity of 150-200 MW each at site conditions. The new units will be commissioned by the summer of 2003.

The new capacity will be built on the site of the former Shuaiba North power station, which has been decommissioned following extensive damage during Iraq’s invasion in 1990.

The US’ Parsons Brinckerhoff Internationalis the consultant for Shuaiba and is also advising the government on two other projects, Al-Zour North and the Subiya extension, which are to be carried out at an estimated cost of $2,000 million (MEED 16:2:01).