Iconic Iraqi sports complex equipped with $1.5m on-site power solution

FG Wilson’s authorised dealer in Jordan and Iraq, Horizons, has recently completed the on-site power installation at Basra Sports City, an $800m mixed-use development which has received worldwide acclaim since officially opening earlier this year.

The $1.5m Basra Sports City contract was awarded to Horizons by Anwar Soura General Contracting Company to equip the facility, one of the largest multi-purpose sports complexes in the Middle East.
Basra sport city
Comprising a 65,000-capacity main stadium, a secondary stadium big enough to house 10,000 people, four training fields and eight athletics arenas, the Iraq venue is set to host the 2015 Gulf Cup of Nations soccer tournament. As well as world-class sports facilities, Basra Sports City is also home to four five-star hotels as well as restaurants, a sports residential complex, a man-made lake, service buildings and a fire station.

Horizons managed the installation of seven FG Wilson generator sets - including one main FG Wilson 2500 kVA / 11 kV generator set, two 800 kVA containerized units, two 750 kVA containerized units and two 400 kVA canopy units. These are currently providing prime power to the entire 558-acre complex, however this will revert to back-up power at a later stage of the construction process, when major international events will take place in Basra Sports City.

The installation has led to further similar business wins for Horizons, who has been named as the preferred supplier of power solutions for two major government-funded sports complexes in Iraq – the Holy Al Najaf Stadium and Al Menaa Stadium.

Mohammed Ali Kilani, Deputy Managing Director of Horizons, explained some of the challenges associated with the Basra project.

“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. 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.”
Basra sport city
Commenting on the project, Eng. Maad Al Zubaidy, of Anwar Soura General Contracting Company, said: “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.”

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