Washington Group announces EPC contract with DTE Energy Services unit for new 320-MW power plant in Michigan

BOISE, Idaho, Aug. 20, 2001 — Washington Group International announced today that it has signed a contract with DTE East China LLC, a subsidiary of DTE Energy Services, a unit of DTE Energy, to provide engineering, procurement, construction, and start-up services for the new 320-megawatt East China merchant power plant project in East China Township, Michigan. The total installed cost of the East China plant will be about $150 million.

“We are pleased to announce this first major project developed through our alliance with DTE Energy Services,” said Thomas H. Zarges, President and Chief Executive Officer of Washington Power. “We look forward to a mutually successful project that will increase the region’s energy supply and help support economic growth.”

The simple-cycle East China plant will be fueled with clean-burning natural gas and will utilize four General Electric 7-EA combustion turbines that DTE Energy Services recently purchased. DTE East China LLC will sell electric output from the plant in the regional energy market.

The plant will be located on a greenfield site near the St. Clair River in St. Clair County, Michigan. The site is also adjacent to the Belle River power plant operated by Detroit Edison, another unit of DTE Energy. Ground breaking is to begin immediately. The plant is scheduled to be completed by June 1, 2002. At the peak of construction, approximately 175 skilled craft personnel will be employed on site.

The DTE Energy Services/Washington Group strategic alliance, announced on February 20, 2001, was established to support design, construction and start-up on multiple generating projects and to streamline project development time. Under the alliance, Washington Group will be the firm of choice for engineering and construction support for DTE Energy Services projects in the merchant power sector and the industrial energy sector.

DTE Energy Services, headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, develops, owns, builds and operates energy projects in the merchant power sector and also for large industrial, commercial and institutional customers. DTE Energy Services is a subsidiary of DTE Energy Co. (NYSE:DTE – news), a diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Detroit Edison is the principal operating subsidiary of DTE Energy.

Washington Group International, Inc., is a international engineering and construction firm. With more than 35,000 employees at work in 43 states and more than 35 countries, the company offers a full life-cycle of services as a preferred provider of premier science, engineering, construction, program management, and development in 14 major markets.

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