Oregon Clean Energy Center to provide needed generation as coal-fired plants retired
Black & Veatch has been selected as prime contractor for the engineering, procurement, construction and startup of the Oregon Clean Energy Center (OCEC) in Oregon, Ohio. The natural gas combined cycle power plant is being developed by North America Project Development, LLC (NAPD) with equity financing from Energy Investors Funds and I Squared Capital.
The 869 megawatt facility will provide electricity for growing manufacturing and residential use. It replaces generation from several aging coal-fired power plants in the region that are being retired. Construction is expected to begin in November 2014. The plant is expected to begin commercial operations by July 2017. More than 500 workers are expected to be at the project site during peak construction.
“We selected Black & Veatch because of their world class engineering skill, their strong track record in delivering major power generation projects around the world and in the U.S., and because of their depth of awareness of the new technology we planned to employ,” said William J. Martin, Managing Partner of NAPD.
“We selected Black & Veatch because of their world class engineering skill, their strong track record in delivering major power generation projects around the world and in the U.S., and because of their depth of awareness of the new technology we planned to employ,”
William J. Martin | Managing Partner of NAPD.
The facility includes two Siemens H class combustion turbines. The plant provides the most efficient generation capability in the market and significantly reduces air emissions. Existing electrical transmission lines are adjacent to the project site. Natural gas for the OCEC is delivered by a new pipeline from the Maumee hub which provides reliable, economic gas supplies. Water for the facility will be provided from Lake Erie by the city of Oregon.
“This energy center will employ among the best quality technology that increases efficiency and emissions control,” said Dean Oskvig, President and CEO of Black & Veatch’s energy business. “By implementing this project we are supporting NAPD’s goal to provide customers with cost-effective clean energy.”
- The Oregon Clean Energy Center will utilize two-high efficiency Siemens SGT6-8000H combustion turbine generator (CTGs), two heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) supplied by NEM, and a Siemens SST6-5000 steam turbine. To increase power output, the HRSGs are equipped with supplemental firing and the gas turbines are equipped with evaporative coolers.
- The Siemens H class combustion turbines are being installed in a two-on-one combined cycle configuration.
- The OCEC’s wet cooling system is optimized for the specific plant location.
- Engineering and procurement for the project will be handled primarily by Black & Veatch’s professionals at the company’s Global Headquarters in Overland Park, Kansas.
- Construction will be performed by Black & Veatch using a combination of direct hire labor as well as multiple subcontracts.
- Startup and testing will be performed by Black & Veatch using its own experienced startup teams.
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