Delivering power despite challenging conditions in remote Afghanistan

Camp Marmal is located at the foot of the Marmal Mountains in north central Afghanistan, near Mazir-e-Sharif in Balkh Province along the border with Uzbekistan. Continuous and reliable power was critical to military operations at the site.

To address power shortages, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commissioned Louis Berger to support its expanded northwest airfield operations and remove expensive spot generation.

Louis Berger created a turnkey solution on an aggressive schedule. To deliver equipment to the remote location, Louis Berger transported the power plant to northern Afghanistan by air.

The plant included:

  • A 2.4 MW installed, 60 Hertz plant with three PowerBox 20X gensets.
  • Step down transformation to 208 volts servicing a 6,000-amp common bus and switchgear.
  • 13 new underground 120/208-volt distribution feeders and new main distribution panels.
  • A 2,500-gallon fuel storage and supply system.

Following installation, Louis Berger operated and maintained the plant.