Denver, Colo., August 24, 2001 — CH2M HILL has been selected to provide a full suite of services in the construction of a major power plant for the City of Corona, California.
CH2M HILL will provide project management, permitting, engineering and design, procurement support, and construction management services on this 65 MW cogeneration plant. Work on the $61 million project will begin immediately.
In addition to long lead equipment procurement, the initial design effort on this combined cycle cogeneration plant is focused on supporting the preparation of permitting documentation to the California Energy Commission and the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
This includes locating and securing the emissions offsets required to operate the new plant with the City of Corona. Because the plant has an output of less then 100 MW, it falls under California’s Small Power Plant Exemption, reducing the permitting process from one year or more to approximately six months. The new plant is expected to be operational in the summer of 2002.
“This is an important project for CH2M HILL. It’s consistent with our existing power and energy work, and a natural expansion of our overall infrastructure and facilities engineering and construction services which we have been providing to municipalities, industry, and national governments for many years,” said Dr. Jim Ferris, Group President of CH2M HILL’s Energy, Environment, and Systems Businesses.
Corona’s selection of CH2M Hill was, in part, based on the excellent long term working relationship the two entities have established, including major water and waste water management services that CH2M Hill continues to provide to the City.
“Additionally, CH2M HILL is pleased to make a notable contribution to improving California’s and the nation’s energy infrastructure. We will continue to deploy our best energy engineering and management talent
to provide clients, such as the City of Corona, across the nation with customized, environmentally responsible energy solutions,” said Dr. Dan Arvizu, Senior Vice President and head of CH2M HILL’s Energy & Industrial Systems Business Unit.
Some of the electrical output from the cogeneration plant will be provided to the Golden Cheese Company, which is located adjacent to the power plant. In addition, the host Cheese plant will receive steam and chilled water. This new plant will provide Golden Cheese with the additional dependable energy resource it needs to support existing and future process demands.
The balance of the electricity generated in the new plant will be sold into the local power grid. In addition to the improved capacity and power dependability that this plant will offer, the City of Corona plans to use profits from the power plant to offset local power costs for its citizens and local businesses.
Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, CH2M HILL provides engineering, construction, operations, and consulting services that help clients worldwide realize a greater return on their investments in energy, water, environment, transportation, telecommunications, and sustainable infrastructure.