Iberdrola wins construction contract for Salem Harbor repowering

IBERDROLA said Dec. 4 that  through its engineering subsidiary, it has been awarded the construction contract for the Salem Harbor combined-cycle power plant (CCGT) in Salem, Massachusetts, with an installed capacity of 674 MW.

The project was awarded by Footprint Power, a U.S. project company specializing in the replacement of older and less efficient coal- and oil-fired plants with more efficient and modern power generation facilities. This contract is one of IBERDROLA INGENIERÍA‘s largest ever in terms of scale and a key milestone in its process of establishing in one of the most competitive markets of the global energy industry.

Located some 30 kilometers from Boston, the Salem CCGT plant will be able to supply electricity to 280,000 people. The state-of-the-art facility will be housed in a modern, environmentally friendly building designed by the U.S. firm Cookfox Architects.

The new quick-start plant to be built by IBERDROLA INGENIERÍA will use the most advanced technology and will replace the existing coal- and oil-fired plant Salem Harbor Station.

The commissioning of the Salem combined cycle power plant will enable cleaner electric power to be generated in the area and will contribute to reduce CO2 emissions. Another of the benefits of the project will be the freeing-up of space, since the new CCGT will occupy less than a third of the current site. The smaller gas plant will open areas of prime waterfront property to development, including a harborwalk, larger wharf, and expanded facilities for ferries, fishing vessels, and cruise ships, IBERDROLA noted.

IBERDROLA’s subsidiary will be in charge of the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the project, and will also undertake landscaping work once construction has been completed. The plant will use technology developed by General Electric (NYSE: GE) using GE’s Flex-efficiency design.

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