Germany’s Siemens has been awarded a contract to supply turbo pump equipment to be installed at a new pumping station in the centre of Iraq.

Siemens will supply two turbo pump trains driven by Siemens SGT-400 Gas Turbines, according to a 25 April company statement. These will be installed at the new crude oil pumping station (PS-4) located at Habaneya along the north-south Iraq Strategic Pipeline, enhancing the transfer of crude to a major depot, while reducing the station’s fuel consumption.

Siemens did not confirm the value of the contract, but said it was a “two-digit million Euro contract”.

Italy’s Progetti Europa & Global will carry out the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for the project, which is due to be completed in June 2013. The company was awarded a €71.9m ($95m) contract in late 2011 by State Company for Oil Projects, a subsidiary of the Oil Ministry.

The Iraq strategic pipeline runs from Basra in the south to the K-3 pumping station and depot at Haditha. It is designed to carry 1 million barrel a day (b/d) of crude oil, but the northern sections have been damaged since the US-led invasion in 2003 and the line can now only transport 150,000 b/d at most.

The rehabilitation of the pipeline is part of Iraq’s extensive oil export infrastructure plan, which it is launching in 2012.