Iraqi Ministry of Electricity Presents Uruk “Innovation & Excellence” Award
Concludes 4 day electricity exhibition
Baghdad: Uruk Engineering & Contracting concluded its participation in the 2nd Qualitative Fair of Electricity on a high note, with the Ministry of Electricity (MoE) and exhibition organizers presenting the Engineering, Procurement and Contracting (EPC) firm with an award for innovation and excellence in the field of power generation, as well as a certificate of appreciation for event participation.
Iraq’s power sector continues to attract attention from both multinational as well as local investors interested in working with the government to service a shortfall in electricity. Several high ranking officials explored possible areas of cooperation with Uruk’s management at the event. These included H.E. Qasim AlFahdawi, Minister of Electricity, as well as his deputies and assigned directors-general for investment and related matters. The minister emphasized the ministry’s strategy of encouraging private sector investment in the power generation and distribution sectors on a for-profit basis.
The organizers showcased numerous areas within the industry, highlighting the country’s need for electric power plants (steam, gas, hydro, combined cycle) and encouraging investment. Exhibitors included providers of secondary substations 400 kV, 132 kV type (AIS, GIS ); lines and electric power transmission cables (wires, electric wire, thermal, ground cables, fiber-optic technology uses); electrical power distribution network capabilities; and distribution substations (trunking, smart energy standards, protection devices, cables, distribution transformers, street lighting using economic bulbs, load control systems of electric power).
Uruk’s participation in this exhibition reflects the continued commitment of its management to Iraq’s reconstruction. The firm’s role as a leader in the country’s most important energy projects was highlighted in 2014 upon the completion of the Al Mansuriya power plant project, part of its work with the Iraqi ministry of Electricity to rebuild the country’s infrastructure. Uruk was the first EPC contractor to complete a Ministry of Electricity (MoE) Fast Track project, the Taji power plant; and it completed the Mansuriya 724 MW project, a joint venture with Alstom, in record time. Uruk’s efforts over the past decade culminated with an impressive health and safety record of 6 million man-hours recorded without major incident on site in the company’s execution of projects at Taji, Qudus and Mansuriya.
The innovation award is not the first time the MoE recognized Uruk’s efforts. The minister and his deputies have characterized the firm as one of the few with the competence and capability to execute complex power projects in the country. In fact, Uruk recently earned the first Final Acceptance Certificate any EPC contractor has received from any government in 25 years for its work on the Taji Power Plant Project. The FAC is only given when 5 criteria are met: Reliability Test Run (RTR) undertaken, Performance test of the generator set, “punch list” (a checklist of works to evaluate) completed, Preliminary Acceptance Certificate (PAC) issued, and finally the defect liability warranty period ending.
Uruk Engineering & Contracting
Uruk is a fully Iraqi-owned company with offices in Baghdad and Dubai. The company offers turnkey solutions with single source responsibility for all its projects, employing the best local expertise while seamlessly integrating state-of-the-art technology, resources and best practices. Uruk has worked with several global players such as Bechtel International, GE, and ABB and served several Iraqi ministries.