NEENAH, Wis., Sept. 21, 2001 – The Mirant Neenah Power Plant, owned and operated by Mirant Neenah, LLC, a subsidiary of Mirant Corporation, was today presented with the Engineering Achievement Award by the Wisconsin Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for excellence in civil engineering.
“The Mirant Neenah Power Plant demonstrated excellence in engineering skills, and represents a significant contribution to engineering progress and mankind,” according to ASCE. The award recognizes not only Mirant, but also the many engineers who have worked on the project including Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, Missouri, and RMT, Inc., Madison, Wisconsin.
The Engineering Achievement Award is presented annually to one civil engineering achievement in each of four categories based on total construction cost. The plant, located in Neenah, WI, at 200 County Road CB, qualified in Category D, construction cost over $20,000,000.
The award was presented to Charlie Huguenard, Gas Plant Operations Manager, and Mark Osten, Manager of External Affairs, both of Mirant, on Friday, September 21, 2001, at the ASCE Wisconsin Section Annual Meeting at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells.
“Mirant has made a commitment to the state of Wisconsin to not only provide clean, safe and reliable energy, but do so in an innovative, technologically sound and responsible manner,” said Osten. “We are honored to be recognized for this achievement from such a prestigious group as the American Society of Civil Engineers.”
In addition to bringing increased energy reliability and stability to the area, the natural gas-powered plant provides numerous benefits to Neenah and area customers. The technology used in the plant allows for quick remote dispatch of energy to customers throughout the region. Additionally, because Mirant is an independent power producer (IPP), the company was solely responsible for financing the development and construction of the plant, meaning those costs were not passed along to customers.
The Wisconsin Public Service Commission notes that only four percent of Wisconsin’s electric power comes from natural gas. According to Osten, “Increased reliance on clean natural gas will help the state diversify its energy portfolio, which is heavily weighted toward coal and nuclear fuels.”
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 120,000 civil engineers worldwide, and is the world’s largest and America’s oldest national engineering society. The Southwest Branch represents the 600 ASCE members in the Wisconsin counties of Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha.
Mirant (Pronounced: MEER-unt), one of the world’s competitive energy providers, has extensive operations in North America, Europe and Asia. Headquartered in Atlanta, the company employs more than 10,000 people worldwide.
With a position in both power generation and energy risk management and marketing, Mirant develops, constructs, owns and operates power plants and sells wholesale electricity, natural gas and other energy commodities.
Mirant owns or controls more than 21,600 megawatts of electric generating capacity worldwide, with another 9,000 megawatts of announced development. Mirant also controls an extensive natural gas asset base in North America, including transportation, storage and access to approximately 3.8 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas production. Visit Mirant at http://www.mirant.com .