St. Joseph Energy Center
The 700-megawatt St. Joseph Energy Center project located just 5 miles west of South Bend, Indiana, is only a few months from completion. As the project team prepares for major milestones such as combustion turbine first-fire and steam blows, there is a push to get buildings weather-tight and pipe insulated prior to winter. Recently, the project completed chemical-cleaning of both heat recovery steam generators, lube-oil flushes on all turbines, and crossed the 90 percent completion mark.
The American Electric Power (AEP) Fort Griffin project in Abilene, Texas, is an engineer, procure, construct (EPC) project with substation and transmission line work. Approximately 27 miles of transmission line is being upgraded from 69 kilovolt (kV) on wood poles to 138 kV design standards on steel monopoles. Substation work includes three new stations and expansions or modifications to five existing stations.
Fort Griffin is a Transmission Partners project. Transmission Partners is a joint venture between Kiewit and Aldridge Electric.
TVA Allen Combined-Cycle
The TVA Allen combined-cycle power plant will be Kiewit’s first project that features General Electric 7HA.02 combustion turbine generators. Upon completion in 2018, the facility will provide about 1,100 megawatts of clean energy to the Memphis, Tennessee, area. The project recently commissioned both combustion turbines, which passed all performance testing. In an effort to use renewable resources, the project will use both biogas and a solar farm to contribute up to approximately 6 megawatts of renewable energy to the plant’s total output.
Grand River Energy Center
The Grand River Energy Center (GREC) Unit 3 project in Chouteau, Oklahoma, began providing commercial power in October and now provides 495 megawatts of reliable electricity to the people of Oklahoma. The new combined-cycle plant was built by TIC-The Industrial Company, a subsidiary of Kiewit Corporation, and features the nation’s first installed M501J combustion turbine generator. The plant has already received industry accolades: the project was recently named a Top Gas Plant by POWER magazine and an Eagle Award winner in the mega-projects category by the Associated Builders & Contractors’ South Texas chapter.