Iraq Power Sector Reconstruction
Client: Iraqi Ministry of Electricity
Parsons Brinckerhoff Role: Program Management
The Iraq Power Sector Reconstruction project rebuilt, expanded and modernized the country’s electricity system, restoring 2,500-megawatts (MW) of power to the country’s grid. More than 550 power projects were completed from 2004 to 2008, achieving peak daily power generation of more than 6,000-MW (or about 12 hours per day).
Parsons Brinckerhoff was program manager for the restoration of Iraq power facilities nationwide, initially as part of a joint venture known as the Iraq Power Alliance. Projects ranged from laying underground cable to repairing overhead lines, building new substations and rehabilitating existing power plants. Standout projects included the commissioning of two 160-MW steam turbines at the Doura thermal power plant and eight gas turbines at the Mussayib power plant.
As program manager, Parsons Brinckerhoff oversaw the completion of projects despite the constant threat of sabotage and insurgent activity. While the original budget was for only 480 projects, an additional 70 projects were completed as a result of strict financial management and cost control systems adopted and implemented by Parsons Brinckerhoff.
Following the Iraq Power Sector Reconstruction project, Parsons Brinckerhoff performed operations and maintenance support work on seven major power plants, first on behalf of the U.S. government and then directly for the Iraq Ministry of Electricity. Most recently, Parsons Brinckerhoff has provided program and project management consultancy services to the Ministry of Electricity in Kurdistan.