WASHINGTON, D.C. — Berger/Cummins, a joint venture between Louis Berger Power and Cummins Power Generation, was awarded a $7.4 million contract to support U.S. military contingency operations at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Dwyer in Helmand province, located in southwestern Afghanistan.
Under this U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) contract, Berger/Cummins designed and installed a leased power plant, capable of producing five megawatts and expandable to seven megawatts of prime power. Berger/Cummins will be responsible for the safe operations and maintenance of the power plant, along with the base-wide primary electrical distribution system. The contract has options with an 18 month performance period.
“Over the decades, we have developed strong working relationships with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and our recent and ongoing project portfolio in Afghanistan aligns well with the requirements of this project,” said Frank Jordano, president, Louis Berger Power. “We look forward to further developing this valuable relationship and simultaneously expanding our power footprint in the Asia-Pacific region."
Berger/Cummins successfully completed mobilization and commissioning of the plant in just 45 days, which required seven Ilyushin IL-76 air charter flights originating from Dubai and various in-country flights and line haul ground missions originating from Bagram Airfield and Kabul, directly into FOB Dwyer. To perform aircraft offloading at Dwyer, Berger/Cummins personnel had to mobilize dedicated material handling equipment flown in from Kandahar.
This facility marks the fifteenth power plant project for Berger/Cummins in Afghanistan since 2011, bringing the total in-country portfolio to 200 megawatts.
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