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New Bagram Airfield power plant completed

10th October 2013 - 17:35 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


A 30-megawatt power plant has been completed at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, to address severe power shortages experienced over the summer. The plant was installed by Louis Berger and Cummins Power Generation joint venture, Berger/Cummins, under contract to the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Philadelphia District.

Berger/Cummins mobilised power generation equipment in only 55 days for the power plant, which supplements the government-owned gas turbine power plant. Berger/Cummins will operate and maintain the power plant for up to 18 months.

Power generation and supporting electrical equipment was repositioned from three different sites within Afghanistan for the plant. Other essential material was airlifted from Dubai directly into Bagram.

Frank Jordano, senior vice president, Louis Berger’s global operations energy systems business unit, said: ‘Berger/Cummins developed a cost-effective solution that meets USACE’s technical and schedule requirements. We look forward to serving Bagram Airfield’s base load power needs while providing 24/7 power reliability on this critical and enduring base.’

Bagram Airfield is located 25 miles north of Kabul. Built in the 1950s, it is one of the largest military bases in Afghanistan, equivalent to a town of 40,000 people. Bagram supports US and international military personnel, civilian employees and contractors, with its two busy runways supporting commercial, cargo and military flights ranging in size from Predator drones and fighter jets to 747s and An-225s.

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