Çalık Enerji, an affiliate of Çalık Holding, assumed the construction of Nainawa Natural Gas Cycle Plant to be constructed 60 km south of Mosul, following Al-Khairat Natural Gas Cycle Plant with the capacity of 1.250 MW near the city of Karbala in Iraq. The agreement was signed in Baghdad by Raad Shalal Saeed, the Iraqi Minister of Electricity, Salam Kazaz, the Iraqi Deputy Minister of Electricity, Ahmet Çalık, the Chairman of Çalık Holding, and Osman Saim Dinç, the General Manager of Çalık Enerji.
Having spoken at the ceremony held on 28th of March 2011 at the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity, the Deputy Minister of Iraq, Dr. Hussain Al-Shahristani said: "Electricity is one of the major problems in Iraq. We aim at reducing the need for energy until 2012, which is the source of challenges suffered by our people especially during summertime. As a part of operations, we signed an agreement with Çalık Enerji on a natural gas cycle power plant. We aspire to make sure that Nainawa power plant is in operation at full capacity in 20 months and distribute power to the main network. We will be back with other projects in days to come."
Having delivered a speech at the ceremony and expressed his pleasure for the Nainawa Natural Gas Cycle Power Plant that will make lives of Iraqi citizens easier, Ahmet Çalık, the Chairman of Çalık Holding stated: "I kindly express my gratitude to the Iraqi government which gave us the opportunity to participate int this prominent investment, especially to the Esteemed Deputy Prime Minister Shahristani, the Esteemed Minister Shallal Saeed and distinguished representatives of the Ministry, and I hope that our project will be fruitful for the people of Iraq".
Çalık Enerji's General Manager, Osman Saim Dinç, stated that the company closely follow the energy, oil and gas industry in Iraq. "Nainawa Natural Gas Cycle Plan, that will be constructed 60 km south of Mosul, will meet the daily energy need of 1.5 to 2 million people on average with the capacity of 750 MW per day. Çalık Enerji aims at completing the project only within 20 months" said Osman Saim Dinç. Stating that Nainawa Natural Gas Cycle Power Plant Project is the second project assumed by Çalık Enerji in Iraq, Dinç said: "Each power plant in Karbala and Mosul will create employment for 1000 people. We will keep working for our nearest neighbor. Hopefully, the Group will also take over other major projects in this country."
To be completed in 20 months, the power plant will feature 6 gas turbines with capacity of 125 MW each of which is purchased by the Iraqi government from General Electric (GE). With a total capacity of 750 MW, the power plant will be able to generate power by means of natural gas as well as fuel oil and diesel fuel. Nainawa Natural Gas Cycle Power Plant will meet incessant power need of Iraq's 250 thousand households for 24 hours.