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Iraq Electricity Reconstruction

WSP in a joint venture with Worley Parsons was awarded a contract to provide Program Management Services to the US Department of Defence’s Electricity Sector Program and Contracting Office (SPCO). The JV partners formed a new JV company called Iraq Power Alliance (IPA) specifically to perform this work.

Bullet Client: Ministry of Public Works
 
 

The contract awarded to IPA was for 1 Year initially with 2 further 1 Year Options which were executed and the contract was eventually extended for a further 1 year which means that it ran for 4.5 years.  

The work involved program and project management of the US Government’s IRRF Supplemental Funding of US$3.6 billion for the Electrical Sector.  Contracts were initially awarded through three $500 million prime IDIQ design-build contracts (117 projects valued at $1.2 billion) and later through competitively bid, firm fixed price contracts (428 projects valued at $1.6 billion).  The program will be completed within budget. 

The projects included a variety of Generating Stations (Steam, Hydro and Gas Turbine), Transmission Systems (400kV and 132kV), Distribution Networks (33kV, 11kV and Low Voltage) and a national Automated Monitoring and Control System.  The type of work involved included rehabilitation of existing equipment and installation of new equipment on both existing and green field sites.

The allocated US$3.6 billion did not cover all the work necessary to enable the Iraqi Electricity Grid to meet the total electricity demand, but it was sufficient to give the system far more reliability than immediately after the war. Total output increased significantly and the transmission and distributions systems were expanded to improve the reliability of supplies.

 

 

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