Perini makes history by constructing first power plant in Iraq since 1976

40 MW plant designed and equipped to utilise natural or diesel gas is now operational in Iraq

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By  Rhys Jones Published  September 4, 2004

Perini made history last month when the new power plant being completed in Buzurgan, Iraq, was connected to the Iraqi electrical grid. This is the first new power plant to be constructed and commissioned in Iraq since 1976. The plant is a 40 MW, GE LM6000PC, which was designed and equipped to utilise either natural gas or diesel as the operating fuel. Perini’s team designed and constructed the plant, as well as the adjacent switchyard, to connect to the nearby 132kV transmission line. The team included POWER Engineers of Boise, Idaho as the lead design engineer, with Tetra Tech and General Electric’s Aero Energy and Industrial Systems divisions providing specialised support. The speedy nature of the construction means the plant will be a reliable power source to a nearby oil field, which is critical to maintaining the production of oil and improving Iraq’s economy in the short term. “This installation and erection of this equipment went faster than any of the other I have erected,” said Scott Lancaster, GE Aeroderivative & Packages. Meanwhile, Perini is nearing completion on another 40 MW generator installation at an existing power plant in southern Iraq, and has just turned over two refurbished 63 MW generators at a second existing plant to the Ministry of Electricity.

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