Improved Quality of Life The objective is to bring reliable and sustainable electric power to northern Afghanistan. This enables DABS to meet an additional 24 percent of the demand for electric energy requested during peak periods. From 2006, when Black & Veatch first began supporting USAID projects until the end of 2010, total megawatts of power generation available to Afghanistan have more than doubled. The USAID projects supported by Black & Veatch have contributed to approximately 90 percent of that increase. “In Afghanistan, transmission security is not good. The Tarakhil Power Plant gave us confidence that even in case something happened to the transmission lines, we can generate power and distribute to the people of Kabul.” Gulla Jan Hairan, Chief Operating Officer, DABS The availability of reliable power enables hospitals, schools and businesses to remain open longer, improves the quality of life for the Afghan people, and helps attract investment in new industrial and commercial enterprises. This helps create new job opportunities and economic growth for the war-torn region. A Black & Veatch contract was executed for final design, procurement and construction of the power facilities, and many innovative solutions were implemented, especially where logistics and security were concerned. More than 2.7 million person-hours were worked in building this facility without a serious safety incident. Related Insights Top 3 Benefits of Military Microgrids The advantages of deploying microgrids are abundant, with sustainability and reliability leading the charge. These are easy to communicate on a community level, but have more specific benefits when installed at military applications. Following on from U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) initiatives aimed at deploying more renewable energy, the cost-savings, distributed energy resource (DER) applications and energy security benefits be gained cannot be overlooked. Four Keys to Managing Utilities Regulations For the past several decades, a major challenge facing utilities has been the constant evolution of the regulatory landscape. Utilities have seen a dizzying array of rules impact their service capabilities and bottom lines. EIDSS and PACS Program Prevents WMD Proliferation in Former Soviet States The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction – be it nuclear or biological – falls under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and with the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, it has placed a strong focus on working with former Soviet states to make sure these threats do not fall into the wrong hands. Related Project Stories Redevelopment and Restoration of Abandoned Industrial Site Brings Back Native Wildlife Black & Veatch partnered with the State of Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to go beyond their initial cleanup assignment to develop a solution that focuses on long-term sustainability and natural resource management for all living creatures in the Yorklyn Valley region. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Microgrid: From Design and Construction to Operations and Commissioning The energy security microgrid at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, in San Diego, California will provide resiliency, incorporate renewable energy, and allow operations at mission-critical facilities to continue if the utility power grid is compromised or damaged. Black & Veatch Provides A-E and Construction Management Services to the West Bank and Gaza Through the USAID Infrastructure Needs Program II Through a combination of technical competence and local expertise, Black & Veatch delivered USAID A-E and Construction Management services on the West Bank/Gaza Infrastructure Needs Program II. Black & Veatch Restoring and Modernizing Arnold Air Force Base Facilities Arnold Air Force Base is home to the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC), the largest and most advanced complex of flight simulation test facilities in the world. Like many military installations, on-site facilities are aging and require Sustainment, Restoration and Modernization (SRM) services. Black & Veatch Delivers Proven and Innovative Technologies to Reduce Contaminated Groundwater and Protect Human Health In 1985, the Hastings Groundwater Contaminated Site was placed on the National Priorities List. Because of Black & Veatch’s trusted performance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7, the agency requested that Black & Veatch assist in the remediation of various contaminants of concern.