Boldt team secures contracts for two clean energy plants in Michigan


The Boldt Company, together with its prime sub-contractor AZCO, has been awarded construction of the FD Kuester Generating Station in Marquette County and the AJ Mihm Generating Station in Baraga County, both in Michigan, US.

Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corporation (UMERC), a subsidiary of WEC Energy Group, will own and operate the plants.

The projects are estimated to cost $275m and will generate 180MW of natural gas-fuelled energy when completed.

Foundation installation for the projects is scheduled to begin later in 2018 and the final completion is expected in 2019.

Burns and McDonnell, Michigan, will be responsible for overall EPC for the sites.

The Boldt Company will provide construction services for the foundations, erection of structural steel and balance of plant components.

While AZCO will install the above-ground piping, Wartsila of Finland will provide 10 Wartsila 18V50SG reciprocating engine power generators.

The Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council in Upper Michigan will provide labour support.

The projects represent one of the largest economic developments in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and are expected to help provide long-term energy stability for businesses and consumers in the region.

Recently, The Boldt Company had completed a similar project for Minnesota’s Rochester Public Utilities using comparable technology.

Boldt CEO Tom Boldt said: “We are proud of our track record building Wartsila facilities and collaborating with great partners.

“Teamwork on complex projects like this generates the most innovative and cost-effective ideas for our customers.”

WEC Energy Group executive vice-president of power generation Tom Metcalfe said: “The construction of these two facilities is part of our power generation fleet reshaping plan.
“They will provide a long-term and affordable solution to the Upper Peninsula generation needs.”

Burns & McDonnell’s energy division president and general manager Rick Halil said: “Boldt and AZCO are the right partners to build these plants.

“They have an experienced team, local labour leadership and proven record of safety and quality performance on energy projects.”

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