JGC Wins Closed Cooling Water Facility Rehabilitation Project at Iraq Power Plant
JGC Corporation (JGC) has been awarded a contract for a project to renovate cooling water facilities at a thermal power plant in Nassiriyah in southern Iraq. This marks the first post-Iraq War lump-sum contract for engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services awarded to a Japanese company.
The lump-sum turnkey contract, awarded by the Nassiriyah Thermal Power Station of Ministry of Electricity of Iraq, calls for EPC services associated with renovating closed cooling water and water purification facilities at the Nassiriyah Thermal Power Station (220 MW of power x 4 units) in Nassiriyah city, about 300 km south of Baghdad, in the Republic of Iraq. The cooling water facilities will include four (4) units with a capacity of 530,000 tons/day of cooling water, and the purification facilities will include two (2) units with a purification capacity of 40,000 tons/day. The project is scheduled for completion in the first half of 2013.
Currently, American and European companies, especially major oil companies, are actively pursuing opportunities in the Iraqi market, creating urgent demand for industrial and residential power supply infrastructure that will serve as the basis for the nation's reconstruction.
This project, which will replace aging, deteriorating cooling systems at the Nasirriyah Thermal Power Station, forms a central pillar of plans to increase power generation capacity in Nassiriyah in tandem with the new development of oil and gas fields in Iraq's southern region. JGC was awarded the contract based on its cost-competitiveness, project management skills, ability to meet the short delivery time, and a long history of highly successful projects in the Middle East.
Iraq holds the fourth-largest reserves of crude oil of any nation in the world, and many projects are planned for the near future around oil and gas development, including new gas-processing plants, oil refineries, power plants, and reconstruction/modernization of existing facilities. JGC is convinced that Iraq will become an important market in the Middle East, and has been actively pursuing new business opportunities in the country, starting with the opening of an office in Basra in August 2010, followed by an office in Baghdad in December 2011. With this project, JGC will be working hard to expand its presence in the Iraqi market and contribute to the nation's reconstruction.
(TSE:1963), established in 1928, is one of Japan's leading engineering companies. It has executed over 20,000 projects in more than 70 countries, and has a strong background in lump-sum turnkey operations of both hydrocarbon and non-hydrocarbon related projects. While expanding its core businesses in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), JGC has continuously developed its investment business, and has been active in the field of energy-related infrastructure including power-generation, desalination, bio-ethanol, renewable energies, and others. The company draws on a wide range of technologies, expertise and extensive experience accumulated through its EPC businesses.
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