Canada-based firm SNC-Lavalin has won an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract worth $125M from Northwest Natural Gas Company (NW Natural) for the expansion of its natural gas storage services in Oregon, US.
Entergy Louisiana has been given green light by the Louisiana Public Service Commission for the construction of a new natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana.
German utility company E.ON has started work on its Radford’s Run wind farm in Macon County, Illinois.
Canada-based AltaGas has announced that its board of directors have approved a positive final investment decision for the construction, ownership and operation of the North Pine facility in British Columbia, Canada.
Enel subsidiary Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA) has begun construction on the Rock Creek wind farm in Missouri, US.
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has given the go-ahead to the construction of a new wind farm in Colorado, US.
Enel’s subsidiary Enel Green Power México is investing $120M in the construction of a wind farm in Mexico.
Crestwood Equity Partners has signed a long-term agreement with SWEPI, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, to build, own and operate a natural gas gathering system in Shell’s operated position in the Permian-Delaware Basin.
Linde is set to expand its industrial gases plant in Claymont, Delaware.
US-based Alliant Energy has broken ground on a $700M natural gas-fuelled generating facility in Beloit, Wisconsin.
Spring Ridge Constructors (SRC) has been selected as the lead contractor by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline for a $5bn natural gas transmission pipeline project in the US.
US-based electrical contractor MYR Group has won a $125M contract from Cross Texas Transmission (CTT) to build the new Limestone to Gibbons Creek transmission line in Texas.
Online retailer Amazon has unveiled plans for the construction of a new 253MW wind farm in Scurry County, Texas.
MidAmerican Energy Company has secured approval from the Iowa Utilities Board to construct a 2GW wind project in Iowa, US.The project, known as Wind XI, will include 1,000 wind turbines. Wind XI will consist of multiple sites across Iowa, which are still being finalised. The wind sites will be placed into service over a three-year period.MidAmerican Energy president and CEO Bill Fehrman said: “This is an exciting day for our customers, the state of Iowa and MidAmerican Energy. We thank the board for its support and for moving quickly to deliver this ruling.“Wind energy helps us keep prices stable and more affordable for customers, provides jobs and economic benefits for communities and the state, and contributes to a cleaner environment for everyone.”Construction work is set to commence soon with completion scheduled for the end of 2019.
Aguas de Rosarito (AdR), the special purpose project company owned by NuWater and N.S.C. Agua, has signed a public-private partnership contract with the state of Baja California, Mexico, for the design, construction, financing, and operation of a seawater desalination plant.The $490M desalination plant, which will have a daily capacity of up to 100M gallons, will be constructed in two phases.The first phase will have a daily capacity of 50M gallons and an aqueduct to the Mexican potable water system in Tijuana, Baja California. The second phase will have a daily capacity of 50M gallons and an aqueduct to a second delivery point in Tijuana.As per the contract, AdR will operate and maintain the plant and aqueducts for 37 years starting from the commencement of operation on the first phase.AdR has selected Degremont — a subsidiary of Suez Environmental of France — to design and construct the project.Rick McTaggart, CEO of Consolidated Water, N.S.C. Agua’s owner, said: "The execution of a definitive agreement to design, construct, finance and operate the 100M gallon per day Rosarito Seawater Desalination plant in Baja California, Mexico is the culmination of more than six years of development work by the Company and its partners."Phase one is set to be operational within 36 months, while the second phase is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2024.
A CH2M and Parsons joint venture has won a contract from the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) for its $1.3bn capital improvement programme (CIP).The improvement programme aims at repairing and replacing most of the underground water and wastewater infrastructure in Washington, D.C. and neighbouring jurisdictions.The JV will perform programme management services for the development and implementation of CIP.CH2M global water business group president Peter Nicol said: “CH2M has worked with DC Water for many years on capital improvement projects and most recently has been leading the utility’s Asset Management Program. “Aging underground infrastructure is a national problem and leads to disruptions in service and threatens water quality. We are excited to help DC Water tackle the complicated repair and replacement of its aging underground water and wastewater infrastructure to ensure local communities have access to safe drinking water and sanitation systems.”The CIP programme will involve the planning, design and construction of linear and vertical infrastructure in the water and wastewater service areas such as piping, pumping, storage and other appurtenance structures including hydrants, valves, inflatable dams, diversion structures and manholes.It will also involve the rehabilitation or replacement of small- and large-diameter water mains, the rehabilitation of water, sanitary and storm pumping stations, and the rehabilitation of minor and major sewers and storage facilities.
US-based CB&I has won a $350M contract for the construction of a combined-cycle gas turbine power station located in the south-east of the US.Under the contract, the company will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction of the 560MW power plant.The facility will use gas turbines capable of operating on a dual-fuel configuration, providing efficiency, reliability, operational and fuel flexibility.CB&I's president of engineering and construction operating group Patrick Mullen said: "CB&I has a long history of providing industry-leading experience in fossil power generation from the early stages of engineering and development, through procurement, fabrication, construction, operation and maintenance."CB&I is proud to help our customer ensure an affordable, reliable and cleaner energy supply for the future while providing the local community with a project that provides local jobs and values environmental stewardship."<iframe src="https://timetric.com/c/66G5DY8/chart/" style="width:500px;height:350px;border:0;" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe>
US-based regional transmission organisation PJM Interconnection has approved a $636M investment for power transmission projects to enhance the grid and reduce electricity costs in the USA.A total of $320M will be invested in a project to alleviate transmission congestion across the Pennsylvania and Maryland border. The project will include improvements at existing substations, and the construction of two new substations and two new transmission lines, as well as improvements to existing lines. The development — to be built by Transource Energy, Baltimore Gas & Electric and Allegheny Power — is expected to be operational in 2020. PJM president and CEO Andrew Ott said: "This is PJM's largest-ever market efficiency project, and we expect it will resolve a significant amount of the remaining transmission congestion in the eastern portion of PJM."Additionally, PJM has approved a $316.3M for the new or changed projects to maintain the reliability of the regional electric transmission grid.
ABB has completed the upgrade and refurbishment of the three high voltage direct current (HVDC) converter stations on the power transmission link that delivers hydropower from Québec, Canada to New England, US.The upgrade of the world’s first multi-terminal link was completed for utilities Hydro-Québec and National Grid. The 1,500km link originally entered service in the early 1990s, and has provided the highly populated areas of Montreal and Boston with hydropower. With a total capacity of 2,000MW, the link can provide enough hydro-electricity for 3.8M people, based on average US household consumption.A critical part of the project has been ensuring minimal power interference and enabling commercial operation to be restored swiftly. As part of this latest upgrade, ABB has replaced the link’s hardware and software with its state-of-the-art MACH control and protection system. This ensures a continued, reliable and highly controllable power supply and enables advanced smart-grid studies for further grid optimisation in a timely manner, the company said.Patrick Fragman, managing director of ABB’s Grid systems business, said: “We pioneered HVDC technology and continue to lead the way through innovation, as with the latest control system being installed for this project. “The upgrade of the world’s first multi-terminal link reinforces ABB’s commitment to supporting customers through the lifecycle, and reiterates our focus on the service business, as part of our Next Level Strategy.”
Williams Partners has secured an approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the Dalton Expansion project in northwest Georgia, USA.The project has been designed to deliver natural gas to an existing electric generating facility operated by Oglethorpe Power, Atlanta Gas Light, and the city of Cartersville.The development will include the construction of 185km of new steel pipe, ranging from 16-30 inches in diameter, from the existing Transco pipeline in Coweta County to new delivery points in Paulding and Murray Counties.The pipeline is being designed to transport about 448,000Dth of natural gas daily.Furthermore, the company is proposing to construct a new compressor facility in Carroll County, along with three new metering facilities and other related pipe and valve modifications to existing facilities.Rory Miller, senior vice president of Williams Partners’ Atlantic-Gulf operating area, said: “The Dalton Expansion Project is one of several Transco projects creating much-needed access to northern natural gas supplies to meet growing demand in the South, particularly in the power-generation sector.”Work on the expansion project is scheduled to commence in the third quarter of 2016 with completion aimed for 2017.The project is part of the company’s 2016 growth capital funding plan, which includes $1.3bn for Transco expansions and other interstate pipeline projects.