Kansas City, Mo., August 14, 2001 — Black & Veatch and Overland Contracting Inc., the construction subsidiary of Black & Veatch, recently completed total engineering, procurement and construction work on a 20 unit diesel generator project in Washington, with the first unit operating in nine weeks. A diesel generator project of this type typically takes up to 18 weeks before going on line.
The accelerated timetable was initiated due to projected critical Columbia River flow levels brought on by this year’s drought in the Pacific Northwest. This was very important to Grant County because Priest Rapids Dam and Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River, owned by the utility, are the primary local power production sources.
The Public Utility District No. 2 of Grant County, Wash. (the District), a consumer-owned electric utility serving more than 40,000 retail customers in the Grant County area, to invested approximately $27 million in the purchase and installation of 20 diesel generators.
The District retained Black & Veatch to meet an in-service date before the summer peak. Working on an aggressive schedule, the firm went from a first meeting with the District to first unit operation in nine weeks by working a 12 hour, six day a week construction schedule. Despite the accelerated schedule, there were no lost-time accidents.
“With the river down, Grant County had a real need for additional power – power we needed quickly,” said the District’s Doug Hein, Director of Customer Service. “Black & Veatch provided us with a viable option, met those timely objectives and really has made a difference.”
The station consists of 20 Caterpillar generator sets, each rated at 1.6 MW (continuous), installed on a 10 acre site near the Moses Lake, Wash. airport. The new generation will be used to level out expected electrical load and market price spikes brought on by this year’s volatile electric market. Any surplus power will be marketed elsewhere.
Black & Veatch was responsible for the engineering, procurement, and construction of the site grading, surfacing, fencing, foundations, underground raceway, diesel fuel storage and distribution system, and area storage and distribution system. Also included were modifications to the existing Randolph Road 115 kV substation for interconnection of the generation facility to the District’s system.
The District purchased the generators and the switchgear, which Black & Veatch was responsible for assembling and installing. Caterpillar was responsible for the startup, testing and commissioning of the units.
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