Calik Energy to construct $400 mln power plant in Mosul

Çalık Enerji on Sunday started construction of a 750 megawatt natural gas conversion plant in northern Iraq’s city of Mosul.

Iraqi Deputy Minister for Electricity Saad İbrahim Hammudi, Mosul Governor Esil Nuceyfi, Çalık Holding Chairman Ahmet Çalık and Çalık Enerji General Manager Dr. Osman Saim Dinç have laid the foundations for the new 750 megawatt Nainawa Natural Gas Conversion power station, 60 kilometers south of Mosul, which will cost $388.5 million. Çalık Holding representatives have said the construction of the power plant will be completed in 2012.

The project is being undertaken by Turkish company Calik Enerji, which won the $388.5 million contract in March. The Nainawa power plant will have an electricity output of 750 megawatts, able to provide 24 hours of electricity for 250,000 households in the power-starved country. Six natural gas turbines of 125 megawatts each will be used to produce electricity for the country.

Speaking at the foundation laying ceremony, Çalık said they are happy to be part of the development of Iraq. “The Çalık Group will do more to support the development and welfare of Iraq because we feel like we are at home in Iraq. The first gas turbine will start its operation in the summer of next year,” Çalık said.

Mosul’s governor Nuceyfi underlined that the Nainawa power plant is an outcome of successful cooperation between the Iraqi and Turkish governments. “We expect more projects to be carried out by Çalık Holding in our country. In order to complete this project on time, I expect every single person in this region to cooperate,” he added.

Çalık Enerji also signed a $445.5 million contract for the construction of an electric power plant in the central Iraqi city of Karbala. Iraq’s deputy premier for energy, Hussein al-Shahrestani, laid the foundations for the new 1,250 megawatt al-Khairat power station in Karbala on May 9. The power plant is expected to provide about 20 percent more power for Iraq if completed as scheduled in April 2013. The plant consists of 10 gas turbines, each producing 125 megawatts, giving 1,250 megawatt in total.

Founded in 1998 as a subsidiary of Çalık Holding, Çalık Enerji is active in the power system and oil and natural gas sectors. Çalık Group commenced its activities in the energy sector through taking part in various power distribution system privatization projects in Turkey.