and Metal Construction Inc. was founded in 1955 and since then has transformed into a group of nine companies, establishing itself as a leading firm in the design, the production, and the galvanized coating of steel towers, poles and their accessories for energy, telecommunications and the lighting industry. Since 2003, Mitas
has been a primary EPC contractor for the construction of energy transmission lines in Iraq.
Over the past 10 years MITAS
has grown from being a company focused on the domestic market to one that serves the needs of customers in over 130 countries in five continents. Major projects for the supply of HV Energy Steel towers were in the U.S., Canada, South America, Iraq and Libya. With an annual processing capacity of 180,000 tons of steel towers in two factories in Izmir and Ankara, Turkey, Mitas
is ranked one of the top five energy steel tower manufacturers in the world.MITAS
’ facilities include two lattice tower manufacturing plants, six galvanizing kettles, bolts manufacturing plant, and a pole manufacturing plant, all equipped with the latest technology.
Recently, the company reorganized, invested in upgrades, and made the decision to focus exclusively on towers and energy transmission, particularly in terms of the design, testing and manufacture of overhead transmission line (OHTL) towers and Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) solution for OHTLs.
Being one of the energy transmission line contractors, MITAS
has executed projects cumulating up to 40% of Turkey’s power grid, which consists of 380 kV and 154 kV transmission lines as main voltage levels and backbone.
Furthermore, since 2003 Mitas
had completed a lot of 400 and 132 kV OHTLs in different regions of Iraq, especially in the area starting in Basra on the south and ending in Dohuk in the north. Through those projects MITAS
worked and cooperated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineering and North American companies like Perini, Washington Group and Fluor. Of course, in all those projects the clients were the Ministries of Energy in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regionl Government (KGR).
Among the major projects completed are the reconstruction work of 300 miles of 400 kV lines and the building of 600 miles’ worth of brand new 132 kV OHTL, which comprise the ring around Erbil City as well as the Chamchamal projects that include 17 OHTLs that transmit electric energy from the Chamchamal power plant to different locations.
also designed, tested and supplied numerous towers and poles to the Ministries of Energy of KRG and Iraq. Other MITAS
products include antenna structures used in telecommunications and installed throughout the country.
Not only is MITAS
experienced in this sector, it is also extremely efficient.
Fuad Kaldzija, CEO of MITAS
, recalls that when the war was declared over, the new government called MITAS
to complete an urgent job. “So we prepared and sent a proposal, and they told us to come over on the next flight. So we came and we agreed on everything. We promised that we would mobilize things in twelve days. This was in 2003. We completed about 500 kilometers of construction and a 400kV network,” he says.MITAS
’ organizational reshuffle, combined with its decision to focus solely on the transmissions industry, brought with it some exciting opportunities, such as the manufacture of high voltage steel utility poles that carry electricity through Kurdistan.
“We go after the business. If there is a project and they need towers, then we are in the picture. Later on we decided we only wanted to be involved in the transmissions business, and today it looks like we made the right decision,” says MITAS
Chairman, Volkan Karabag. MITAS
has seen huge growth in Kurdistan and is now a major energy transmission line contractor.
“We have a great advantage because we are not only one of the leading EPC contractors in the energy transmission and substation business in northern Iraq, but we are also the biggest manufacturer of steel towers and steel structures for substations globally,” says Bora Aslan, the company’s General Manager.
As both GDP and the demand for electricity rise in Kurdistan, thanks to MITAS’ work the region is operating at a near optimal level of 22 hours per day. There is still scope to grow in the energy market as the demand is there; with the help of investors, private companies in the Kurdistan region, and the government, this could be increased to an optimal level. MITAS
is continuing a successful trend of expansion and has recently formed a new partnership with a Dallas-based energy steel tower manufacturer to have a brand new steel tower manufacturing facility in Texas called New Falcon Steel. The new production facility will serve the U.S. market for the supply of the high voltage lattice steel towers with 60,000 tons of annual manufacturing capacity.