Fluor to build Brunswick plant; Bechtel did Russell City

Fluor (NYSE:FLR) said Aug. 14 that it has received full notice to proceed from Dominion (NYSE:D) to begin construction of the company’s 1,350-MW combined-cycle gas plant in Brunswick County, Va.

Dominion had given Fluor a limited notice to proceed in August 2012. Dominion received approval for the Brunswick plant Aug. 2 from the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC).

This isn’t Fluor’s only business announcement with Dominion this year. In April Fluor said it would provide project development services in connection with Dominion’s proposed North Anna 3 nuclear plant in Louisa County, Va. The nuclear work comes as part of a consortium with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH).

The SCC disagreed with an earlier opinion by a state hearing who said that Dominion had not solicited enough outside power bids before electing to go with the self-build option.

The cost of the Brunswick station has been placed at $1.3bn.

In other vendor news for gas-fired power plants, a Calpine (NYSE:CPN) spokesperson said Aug. 13 that Bechtel was the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the recently-completed Russell City natural gas project in California.

The 619-MW Russell City project is located in Hayward, Calif. Calpine owns 75% of the project. Calpine, a merchant generator, has not released the cost of Russell City, the spokesperson said.

Bechtel has announced nuclear and natural gas projects in the United States this year. Bechtel was named the EPC contractor for a steam generator replacement project at FirstEnergy’s Beaver Valley 2 in Pennsylvania. It has also been awarded an EPC contract to oversee development of Panda’s 758-MW Temple II combined-cycle gas plant near Dallas, Tex.

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