I am a PMP certified, independent Chartered Engineer (CEng.) with more than 30 years of experience in large-scale power and water utility and IWPP projects in developing countries, including SE Asia and MENA in addition to New Zealand and Australia. After completion of his study at the University of Technology, Baghdad in 1983, I worked for several firms in MENA regions before settling in New Zealand in 1991. During my professional career in New Zealand and overseas, I was involved in more than 40 large to mid-scale projects with hands-on experience in feasibility studies, project’s economic evaluation, design, installation, and commissioning of power generation, transmission, distribution networks and most recently seawater desalination. He worked for major international engineering consultancy firms including Parsons Brinckerhoff, AECOM, Power Engineers Inc at different capacities. He was also appointed by many international organizations including the World Bank, USAID and USTDA to work on several development projects in Asia and Africa.

 

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Capabilities

I offer independent engineering consultancy and support client initiatives based on my extensive experience in power engineering for major industry sectors especially power generation, transmission and distribution, SW desalination and other industrial processes. The full scope of services includes:

Experience

  • Economic and technical evaluation of EPC, IPP and IWPP projects
  • Project Management including Project feasibility, planning, permitting, cost estimating, FEED, detailed engineering, equipment and construction specifications, tendering, and bid analysis.
  • Contract management, tender documents preparations, technical specifications, tender evaluation, client and contractor interfacing, contract negotiation.
  • Project scheduling, procurement, document control, construction and service contracts negotiation, field construction management.
  • Design, construction, start-up and operation of mechanical, electrical and control systems for gas and oil fired boilers, cogeneration, CCGTs, Coal Fired and geothermal power plants and MSF desalination.
  • Design of mechanical, electrical and controls for Steam turbine, combustion turbine, HRSGs and boilers.
  • Power plant mechanical, electrical and control system installation, commissioning, checkout and plant performance testing.
  • Field engineering for power plant and heavy industry construction, commissioning, inspection and start-up.

Projects

I have been instrumental member of several projects teams around the world for development of large to mid scale power and water projects and have successfully completed projects requiring advanced solutions or high-efficiency equipment. From natural gas and steam to desalination, I am equipped to provide full complement of engineering roles from conception to completion to support all of client’s needs including preliminary conceptual engineering, due diligence, and studies to owner’s engineering, design criteria, technology selection, and detail design, field start-up and commissioning activities.
Ministry of Electricity and Water – Kuwait
IWPP Technical Senior Adviser
Projects involved:
• AzZour North Phase 1 IWPP (1500 MW, 107 MIGD)
• AzZour North Phase 2 & 3 IWPP (2,700 MW, 165 MIGD)
• Shagaya Renewable Park Phase 3 (1200 MW PV, 200 MW Wind, 200 MW CSP)
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2017 – 2018
2014 – 2017
Fichtner Engineering Consultant, Germany
Project Engineer
I was appointed as Project Engineer to provide engineering and technical support to QEWC on all aspects of Ras Abu Fontas (RAF-A2) 36 MIGD MSFE and RAF-A3 SWRO Seawater Desalination Projects for Qatar Electricity and Water Company (one of the largest independent water and power producers in the GCC region).
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Afghanistan Engineering Support Program (AESP), USAID
Project Manager
I was appointed as Project Manager to provide engineering and project management support for USAID Afghanistan’s fghanistan Engineering Support Program (AESP)/Office of Infrastructure, Engineering and Energy (OIEE).
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2012 – 2013
2009 – 2011
QEWC IWPP Ras Abu Fontas RAF-A1 Water Desalination Project, Qatar
Lead Project Engineer
I was appointed lead project engineer for RAF-A1 45MIGD MSF desalination water treatment and power generation project in Qatar.
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USTDA - Electricity Distribution Rehabilitation and IPP Hydropower Development (Angola)
Power System Advisor
I was appointed as lead consultant to provide technical assistance for the client in preparation of the Master Plan for the rehabilitation and expansion of the electricity distribution networks for two cities in Angola, and conduct pre-feasibility study for two IPP mini-hydroelectric stations.
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2010
2011 – 2012
QEWC Ras Abu Fontas RAF-A1 CCGT/Water Desalination Project, Qatar
Commissioning Manager
I was appointed as Commissioning Manager for completion of commissioning works related to RAFA1 MSFE 45 million gallons per day (MIGD) Desalination Water Treatment and Power Generation Project.
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Licensing and professional affiliations
  • Project Management Professional
  • Chartered Engineer, The United Kingdom
  • Registered Engineer, New Zealand
  • Chartered Member, Engineering New Zealand, NZ (CMEngNZ)
  • Member of the Institute of Measurement and Control, UK (MInstMC)
  • Senior Fellow, Iraq Energy Institute, UK

Selected Publications

Blog

Keeping the Lights on in Baghdad: An Interview with Harry Istepanian
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Keeping the Lights on in Baghdad: An Interview with Harry Istepanian
As Iraq endures the most serious terrorist offensive since 2004, what is certain is that this year a separate fight will continue to improve services, also crucial to the legitimacy of the government. Iraq’s electricity sector today has overcome many challenges since it’s heyday before the onset of hostilities at the start of the 1991 […]
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US Energy Secretary urges Iraq to cut gas imports from Iran.
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US Energy Secretary urges Iraq to cut gas imports from Iran.
US Energy Secretary Rick Perry visited Baghdad on Tuesday to urge Iraqi energy officials to reduce reliance on Iranian gas to run its power grid. Speaking during a visit by the largest-ever US trade delegation to Iraq, the US Energy Secretary said Baghdad should partner with American companies to become energy independent. Representatives from more […]
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Iraq seeks power revamp to head off sanctions, protests
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Iraq seeks power revamp to head off sanctions, protests
Iraq’s broken electricity sector is planning a long-awaited overhaul to both meet US pressure to halt Iranian power imports and head off summertime protests over chronic cuts. With a freshman at the helm, the electricity ministry is exploring options including revamping stations and lines to cut waste, importing power, and improving bill collection to boost […]
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My clients

Ministry of Electricity and Water – Kuwait
Ministry of Electricity and Water – Kuwait
Afghanistan Engineering Support Program (AESP), USAID
Afghanistan Engineering Support Program (AESP), USAID
wsp
wsp
USTDA
USTDA
The World Bank, Washington, D.C.
The World Bank, Washington, D.C.
QEWC
QEWC
Power Engineers Inc
Power Engineers Inc
AECOM
AECOM
Contact Energy Limited
Contact Energy Limited
Thiess
Thiess
Waitaki District Council
Waitaki District Council
Us Department Of Defense
Us Department Of Defense
SAIC
SAIC
Ministry Of Electricity Iraq
Ministry Of Electricity Iraq

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Completed Projects
MW
Awards
MIGD Desalination
Phone number
+965 658 05645 (Kuwait)
+1 (202) 448 2885 (USA)
Address
3731 Harrison St, Washington D.C. 20015, USA
Email Address
harry@istepanian.co.uk info@istepanian.com