Samawa 750 MW Combined Cycle Power Plant Project Phase 1
Award of merit, Power/Industrial
Submitted By: ENKA İnşaat ve Sanayi A.Ş.
Owner: Ministry of Electricity of Iraq, General Company for Electrical Energy Production, Southern Region Directorate
Lead Design Firm and Engineer: ENKA İnşaat ve Sanayi A.Ş.– Design and Engineering Center
General Contractor: ENKA İnşaat ve Sanayi A.Ş.
Consurtium Partner: GE Global Parts & Products GmbH
Piping Fabrication: Çimtaş Steel and Pipe
Building a power plant in Iraq brings its own specific challenges, but having a global pandemic at the same time was a tall order for the project team on the Samawa Combined Cycle Power Plant. Travel bans and disrupted supply chains led to delays and uncertainty. But despite these obstacles, the team of GE and ENKA successfully commissioned three new gas turbines that added 375 MW to Iraq’s power grid. For the project originally awarded to GE in 2017 by Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity, the team soon found that scheduling problems would impede delivery of the entire plant in one phase. In late 2018, the decision was made to split the project into two phases. The team also adopted a versatile design so the plant can operate on simple-cycle natural gas, fuel oil or distillate fuel—a useful adaptation given Iraq’s uncertain fuel market. This was done while preserving the facility’s ability to function as a full natural gas combined-cycle plant once its second phase is complete. The plant operates on GE’s 9E gas turbines, each capable of generating 125 MW.