Gulf Region Division
May 31, 2004
Rehabilitation of Turbine #5 Completed at
Haditha, 110 MW Added to Grid
Baghdad, IRAQ – One hundred and ten (110) megawatts of electricity, (105 MW
derated) was added to the Iraqi power grid as the rehabilitation of Turbine #5
was completed May 31, 2004 at the Haditha Dam in Al Haditha, Iraq, as announced
by the Gulf Region Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The $12 million project, administered by CH2MHill, and overseen by Corps
personnel in support of the Program Management Office and Coalition Provisional
Authority, began Feb. 6, 2004.
The turbine operation had been hindered due to three cracked runner blades.
Additional pumps, controls and motors also had to be replaced. Corps and
contractor personnel living on site have been working side-by-side with Iraqi
plant personnel to accomplish this achievement.
Previous projects at Haditha have included the modification of operation for
turbine #2 as well as restoration of transmission lines to link the hydropower
dam to the Iraqi power grid. In all, an additional 440 MW of capacity has been
added to the overall capacity of the national grid due to the efforts of this
partnering team, according to Robert Goss, project manager for the Restore Iraqi
Electricity Directorate for the Corps.
As part of a nationwide effort, in part, by the Restore Iraqi Electricity
Directorate of the Gulf Region Division, Army engineers, Soldiers and Civilians
are working non-stop with contractors and Iraqi workers on-site to restore the
dilapidated power infrastructure and improve the quality of life for all of Iraq
by increasing the available electricity.
In conjunction with projects under the supervision of the Unites States Agency
for International Development in support of the Ministry of Electricity, the
Corps is continuing its efforts towards meeting its share of the 6000 MW goal
for capacity by June 2004.
Repairing damages from more than 30 years of neglect under Saddam Hussein, Corps
teams are restoring transmission lines, improving or replacing switching
facilities and building or restoring more than two dozen power generation
projects to produce a capacity not seen in this country before. For more
information on the CPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ reconstruction
efforts in Iraq, including additional photos, please visit www.cpa-iraq.org and