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FG Wilson has played a key role in the delivery of a full power solution for one of the Middle East's largest multi-purpose sports complexes
Working in partnership with Horizons Engineering, its dealer in Jordan and Iraq, the diesel and gas genset manufacturer completed a major power installation at the US$800mn Basra Sports City mixed -use development.
The development, which opened earlier in 2013, comprises a 65,000-capacity main stadium, a 10,000-capacity secondary stadium, four training fields and eight athletics arenas. The venue has been selected to host the 2015 Gulf Cup of Nations football tournament.
The US$1.5 million Basra Sports City contract was awarded to Horizons by Anwar Soura General Contracting Company with a brief that requested the design, specification and installation of a back-up power system. Horizons managed the installation of seven FG Wilson generator sets, which included one main FG Wilson 2500 kVA/11 kV generator set, two 800 kVA containerised units, two 750 kVA containerized units and two 400 kVA canopy units.
The units are currently providing prime power to the 558-acre complex, but this will revert to back-up power at a later stage of the construction process.
Mohammed Ali Kilani, deputy managing director of Horizons, said, "Basra Sports City is an iconic landmark of which the people of Iraq are extremely proud – it was a huge privilege for Horizons and FG Wilson to play such a key role in the 36-month construction project.
"Our track record of successfully delivering on installation contracts for Anwar Soura General Contracting Company was key to us securing the deal and we are looking forward to working on similar high-profile sports complex projects in the near future.
"We had to carry out research to ascertain the specific type of generator set that was best suited to the site conditions and ensure the set loads were calculated to optimum levels, all the while having to contend with the ambient temperature of the site," Ali Kilani explained. "Another major challenge which was very unique to this project was the security situation in Iraq – our management team had to take every precaution possible to ensure the safe delivery of the units to the site and, of course, to protect the units while they were on site."
According to FG Wilson, the success of the installation at Basra Sports City has led to further similar contract wins for Horizons in Iraq, with the company awarded deals to supply power solutions to two major government-funded sports complexes in Iraq – the Holy Al Najaf Stadium and Al Menaa Stadium.
Eng. Maad Al Zubaidy, of Anwar Soura General Contracting Company, remarked, "This was one of the most significant construction projects Iraq has seen in recent years and one which we hope will provide a lasting sporting and cultural legacy for the area."
Horizons has been an official FG Wilson Dealer since 1999, providing complex client solutions alongside the full range of FG Wilson diesel and gas generator sets.
Take a tour of the iconic Basra Sports City mixed-use development.