Samawah, the capital city of Muthanna with a population of 250,000, lies 280 km south of Baghdad situated within the Japanese sector of the Multi-National Force in Iraq. As part of Japan’s governmental reconstruction efforts, their emergency aid program financed total construction of the 60 MW power station for the cost of USD 110m for the people of Iraq. Ramboll was proud to provide the civil works turnkey contract for design and supply services for the Samawah power station.
Challenges during construction
Ramboll’s participation in the new power plant, comprising four 15 MW-MAN B&W engines, was an addition to the electrical grid extension to the nearby existing plant. Ramboll's works included the design of concrete and the design and supply of structural steel.
Due to the security situation in Iraq, foreign project members could not be present onsite full-time. With a challenging construction phase to be controlled with the aid of many webcams onsite, Ramboll were able to monitor works as they proceeded and offer assistance to the local contractor while constructing. Coordination meetings were held in Kuwait and Jordan with attendance of Japanese engineers, Crown agents, BWSC (Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S), Ramboll, and the local contractor.
In cooperation with local contractors Al-Rafid and Crown agents on behalf of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Finance, Ramboll was the supporting partner to BWSC. As a requirement of the financial aid program, a local contractor was chosen to execute the civil works.
Ramboll's International Projects Department 449 in Denmark often cooperates with other departments within the Ramboll Group. Design works in particular are carried out by our own concrete and steel design departments. As a distinct market advantage, the Ramboll Group can offer additional support with the services of many of Ramboll’s experts in various fields within the engineering disciplines.