Having signed the first power plant contract in 2014 in Libya, Çalık Enerji will construct a 542 MW output cycle power plant at Khums, which is situated 120 km from the Capital, Tripoli.
Receiving Çalık Holding's Chairman Mr. Ahmet Çalık and the delegation accompanying him, Dr. Ali Muhammed Mhareig, serving as Libya’s Deputy Electricity Minister, said: " We are going to sign the first major post-revolution project for the country with Çalık Enerji. Welcome to Libya." Speaking before the signing of a protocol with Libya’s Electricity Ministry, Çalık Holding's Chairman Mr. Ahmet Çalık noted: “The company aspires to launch the first unit of the power plant in only 9 months and 10 days, which may be regarded as fairly challenging”.
800 people to be employed
A protocol was signed in the Capital City of Tripoli for Khums Simple Cycle Power Plant, which is planned to have a size corresponding to 8 per cent of Libya’s present installed capacity. The contract for the construction of the Power Plant, which is to employ 800 people, was signed by GECOL CEO Addel Hakeem F. Layas for the Government of Libya and Libya’s Electricity Ministry and by Çalık Enerji General Manager Mr. Osman Saim Dinç.
Speaking before the ceremony which was also attended by Under-Secretary Tufan Höbek of the Turkish Embassy in Tripoli, Libyan Deputy Minister of Electricit Dr.Ali Muhammed Mhareig said: " This is one of the critical investments planned by the government at the present stage where we plan to ensure provision of uninterrupted power throughout Libya. This Power Plant to be constructed through the most advanced technological equipment available in the world will be mounted by Çalık Enerji as we put trust in the company's experience and know-how. Technical staff members who will be involved at the Power Plant will undergo training in General Electric in the USA. Because of Libya’s increasing power requirements, we expect Çalık Enerji to complete and put this Project into service as soon as possible. I would like to welcome Çalık Enerji in Libya."
Training of Libyan staff in the U.S.
Expressing his gratitude to the Libyan Government, executives of Libyan Electricity Ministry and GECOM Management for their confidence in the company to launch this Project which is of critical importance for Libya, Çalık Holding's Chairman Mr. Ahmet Çalık noted that the plant would be constructed through the state-of-the art technology and equipment. Pointing out that in addition to construction of the Power Plant which will be fired by both oil and natural gas, maintenance and servicing of the gas turbines would also be directly carried out by Çalık Enerji for 12 years, Mr. Ahmet Çalık stated that GECOL staff would undergo training in locations where the head office and offices of the US Company, General Electric, are situated and that they have allocated a budget of 2 million dollars.