Client: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Location: Amarah, Iraq
POWER was the design engineer for the fast-track development of the new 132 kV Buzurgan Substation in southern Iraq in 2003. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project was part of the effort to rebuild Iraq’s electricity infrastructure following the Gulf War. The substation is a five-breaker ring bus configuration designed to interconnect a new combustion turbine generating facility (also designed by POWER) with three existing transmission lines. POWER provided project management, physical and electrical design, equipment procurement, relay coordination, testing of relay panels, field engineering and construction inspection. Design was complicated by lack of information about existing equipment and unreliable communications systems in the project area. Despite the challenges, design and material purchase were completed in eight weeks.