VIDEO: Delivering Diverse, Safe, Reliable Electricity × Incorporating Renewables As PGE’s self-build partner, Black & Veatch was chosen for the engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) and startup for Port Westward Unit 2 located near Clatskanie, Oregon. The main services provided by the new 220 MW natural gas-fired power plant are peaking power during winter and summer periods, as well as load following and renewable energy integration throughout the year. The highly efficient design of Port Westward Unit 2 helps integrate renewable resources such as wind and solar into the system. It also provides a versatile source of power complementing the highly efficient combined cycle performance of the existing Port Westward Unit 1. For PGE, the new plant also provides compliance with its commitment to renewable portfolio requirements. “Port Westward Unit 2 is a huge success for our customers and PGE. Black & Veatch finished on schedule, on budget and with an excellent safety record.” Rick Tetzloff, Senior Project Manager, Portland General Electric Black & Veatch equipped the Port Westward Unit 2 power plant with 12 natural gas reciprocating Wärtsilä, 25,000-horsepower 18V50SG engines — the first installation of that engine in the United States. Contact us to learn more about what we can do for you. 0 Related Insights The Data to Water Connection The annual Strategic Directions Report series offers analysis and insights into key issues and trends facing the smart cities and utilities, electric, natural gas, and water utility sectors. Water Meets "New Energy": Surging Renewables Has Utilities Eyeing Alternative Power Sources Amid Climate Change Worries, the Question: What to do With Too Much Water? With Grid Modernization, Utilities Poised For Most Visible Transformation The annual Strategic Directions Report series offers analysis and insights into key issues and trends facing the smart cities and utilities, electric, natural gas, and water utility sectors. Four Big Trends in Gas-to-Power Hold Promise for U.S. Market Major energy shifts are afoot, and the United States will play a critical role going forward. The EIA projects that by 2022, the U.S. will become a net energy exporter, according to its newly released Annual Energy Outlook 2018. For natural gas, this shift will happen even earlier, around 2020, the EIA says. Related Project Stories DIY Approach Makes Water Treatment Safer for Hong Kong Citizens The Hong Kong Water Supplies Department is bringing more clean drinking water to its citizens in much safer ways. Ultimately, the department set out to double the Tai Po Water Treatment Works’ production. Achieving that goal was an amazing feat in itself, but the department saw beyond the infrastructure to boldly address the equally complex challenge of safe and sustainable treatment. Lifting the Burdens of Capital Improvement Programs For more than 20 years, Black & Veatch worked with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utility Commission to upgrade its wastewater treatment system on a project-by-project basis. There were many short-term wins, but resilience dated master plan made the long-term a bit less clear. The real win, and biggest cost savings, required a different approach. Black & Veatch, Coalition Donate Electric Resiliency to Hurricane-Affected Puerto Rico School, Saving it in the Process A coalition led by Black & Veatch donated tens of thousands of dollars in technology along with the manpower to provide a new, solar-driven power source for the SU Manuel Ortiz in Yabucoa, ground zero of Hurricane Maria. Shell Microgrid Doubles as Research Lab for Testing New Energy Solutions Black & Veatch designed, procured and constructed a microgrid for Shell, which is using it to generate power while it also serves as a working test lab to explore advancements in renewable energy. Client Removes Transmission Lines with Minimal Disruption to Auto, Train Traffic Below The United Illuminating Company needed to replace existing transmission line conductors located on 100-year-old lattice towers built on a historic railroad bridge, hiring Black & Veatch as the EPC contractor.