Bechtel to lead construction of Panda Stonewall project in Virginia

Bechtel said Nov. 17 that it will work with Siemens as part of a consortium that will act as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the 778-MW Stonewall combined-cycle gas plant being developed in Virginia by Panda Power Funds.

The project is being developed in Loudoun County, Va., and recently received a transmission interconnection approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

This will be the fourth power plant the Bechtel-Siemens consortium has built for Panda Power Funds, Bechtel said in a news release.

Bechtel will provide project management, engineering, procurement, construction, and startup services, while Siemens will provide the power-island package, including the natural gas and steam turbines, generators, and waste-heat-recovery boilers.

The consortium built the Temple I and Sherman Power Projects, which were both completed ahead of schedule. The consortium is currently building the Temple II Power Project—all in Texas.

These projects are similar in size to the Stonewall Power Project and, when completed, all four plants will collectively generate enough electricity to power approximately 3 million homes. Bechtel also was a partner in the ownership group that developed Stonewall.

The generating station will use reclaimed municipal wastewater from the Town of Leesburg to cool the plant. Further, the facility will be built along existing transmission lines, eliminating the need for additional power lines that would otherwise be required to import power from outside of Loudoun County.

“The Bechtel-Siemens consortium represents a highly experienced team that continues to provide value as we seek to deliver the Stonewall project to the community in Loudoun County,” said Panda Power Funds President and Senior Partner Todd Carter. “This is an advanced facility designed to be environmentally friendly while producing power for one of the fastest-growing counties in the U.S.,” Carter said.

Loudoun County is part of the Greater Washington, D.C.,/Northern Virginia Metropolitan area.

“The plant will produce enough power to support 778,000 homes and in doing so will increase the supply and reliability of power to the region. In addition, the project is expected to produce approximately 600 craft jobs and 30 long-term jobs post construction,” said Mary McLaughlin, president of Bechtel’s thermal power business line. “We look forward to working with Panda, Siemens, and the community to deliver this important project.”

Panda Power Funds Senior Vice President and Head of Finance Anuradha Sen will speak at PennWell’s GenForum on Dec. 8 in Orlando as part of a panel discussion on combined-cycle natural gas.

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Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 20 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants. Wayne can be reached at wayneb@pennwell.com.