Near the shore of Lake Erie, in Oregon, Ohio, an 869-megawatt (MW) combined cycle power plant, known as the Oregon Clean Energy Center, is now providing critical baseload power to the PJM regional transmission organization and delivering value to virtually all stakeholders.
“This is an extremely efficient plant in terms of required manpower, thermodynamics and emissions,” said Peter Rigney, General Manager of the Oregon Clean Energy Center. “There is an astronomical amount of automation on this facility. During normal operations, it can run with just two people.”
Located in a former soybean field, the plant replaced aging coal plants in the region that had recently been shut down. The new plant provides a vital power source to an industrial region dominated by large users, including a major refinery and several automobile factories. Toledo, with a population of nearly 300,000, is also nearby.
“The Oregon Clean Energy Center brings lower price energy with fewer emissions to the area,” said Mike Beazley, Oregon City Administrator. “During construction, I liked seeing local people going to work. Today we have a plant that is lowering the price of energy and providing clean energy for everyone in the region. The clean energy side is the secondary payoff that’s hard to quantify, but it works for the region, the community and for our Great Lake.”
A "Fully Wrapped Project"
The 2x1 natural gas combined cycle power plant was built on a greenfield site that was developed by North American Project Development, LLC and is owned by Ares Capital and I-Squared Capital. The facility includes two Siemens H-class combustion turbines, a Siemens SST6-5000 steam turbine and NEM heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs).
Black & Veatch was the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the project, which included developing the Environmental Control Program for construction activities, procurement of all equipment and materials, construction planning and permitting and self-performing construction through BVCI, a wholly owned subsidiary of Black & Veatch.
Black & Veatch leveraged its extensive engineering and procurement capabilities, direct hire union construction experience, and startup capabilities to bring together a team capable of overcoming significant challenges including a small site footprint, winter construction, and equipment fabrication issues to complete the project on time and within budget.
"This was a fully wrapped project, which made my life easier. I had one door to knock on. Black & Veatch took care of all the interface with Siemens and the numerous subcontractors. It was really an excellent project."
Peter Rigney, General Manager of the Oregon Clean Energy Center