Fagen lands contract for retrofit of Nebraska coal unit

Fagen Inc. has been awarded the EPC contract by the City of Fremont, Neb., for an air quality control system (AQCS), detailed engineering and installation of that equipment at the Lon D. Wright Power Plant. 

This project will allow the plant to meet the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) and the National Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) with respect to SO2, Fagen said in an Aug. 13 statement.

Fagen said it joined forces with Siemens Environmental Systems & Services, which will be the primary technology partner for the project, and SEGA Inc., which will provide the overall engineering and integration of the Siemens system into the plant.

Unit 8 at the Lon D. Wright plant is a 90-MW coal-fired unit that will benefit from the retrofit of the Siemens technology, Fagen said. The project will kick-off immediately and has an in-service target date of the third quarter of 2015.

Said the Fremont website about Lon D. Wright: “The coal fired plant located on the east side of Fremont has three units producing 16.5, 22, and 91.5 megawatts respectively. Each year the plant uses approximately 370,000 ton of coal to produce about 620,128 megawatt hours of electricity.”

The website said that generally, Unit 8 is operated as the base unit. When summer load conditions warrant or power sales justify the cost, Units 6 and 7 are brought on line. During the spring and fall maintenance of Unit 8, Units 6 and 7 are operated with electric purchases at market prices off the electric grid making up the balance of Fremont’s electrical needs.

Utilizing a database of over 25,000 civil, mechanical, and electrical direct-hire employees, Fagen said it has constructed 60% of the ethanol production capacity in the U.S., multiple wind farms, and significant upgrades to power plants.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.