Generation, Natural Gas

Black & Veatch wins contract for Ohio combined cycle gas plant

Black & Veatch has been selected as prime contractor for the engineering, procurement, construction and startup of the Oregon Clean Energy Center (OCEC) in Oregon, Ohio. The natural gas combined cycle power plant is being developed by North America Project Development, LLC (NAPD) with equity financing from Energy Investors Funds and I Squared Capital.

The 869 MW natural gas-fired facility will provide electricity for growing manufacturing and residential use. It replaces generation from several aging coal-fired power plants in the region that are being retired. Construction is expected to begin in November 2014. The power plant is expected to begin commercial operations by July 2017. More than 500 workers are expected to be at the project site during peak construction.

The facility includes two Siemens H class combustion turbines. The plant provides the most efficient generation capability in the market and reduces air emissions. Existing electrical transmission lines are adjacent to the project site. Natural gas for the OCEC is delivered by a new pipeline from the Maumee hub which provides reliable, economic gas supplies. Water for the facility will be provided from Lake Erie by the city of Oregon, Ohio.

·      The Oregon Clean Energy Center will use two-high efficiency Siemens SGT6-8000H combustion turbine generator, two heat recovery steam generators supplied by NEM, and a Siemens SST6-5000 steam turbine. To increase power output, the HRSGs are equipped with supplemental firing and the gas turbines are equipped with evaporative coolers.

·      The Siemens H class combustion turbines are being installed in a two-on-one combined cycle configuration.

·      The OCEC’s wet cooling system is optimized for the specific plant location.