New scrubber for Edgewater 5 in Wisconsin about 34% complete

The Wisconsin Power and Light (WPL) subsidiary of Alliant Energy (NYSE: LNT) told the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin in a Jan. 27 quarterly update that as of the end of the fourth quarter of 2014, the Dry Flue Gas Desulfurization installation project on the coal-fired Edgewater Unit 5 was about 34% complete.

In June 2013, the commission approved the application for a Certification of Authority to install a Dry Flue Gas Desulfurization System (DFGD) at Edgewater Unit 5. The estimated cost of the approved project was $413.7m, excluding allowance for funds used during construction (AFUDC). As of the Jan. 27 update, the project is currently forecasted to be completed for approximately $300m; excluding AFUDC.

Construction activities commenced on March 3, 2014. WPL selected and issued a full notice to proceed to the Engineer-Procurement-Construction (EPC) bidder. This contractor’s scope includes providing the DFGD technology which will be a circulating fluidized bed (CFB) scrubber. WPL has signed a contract with the selected bidder. At the end of December 2014, the project was on schedule and 34% complete overall with, engineering for the project 77% complete and construction for the project 14% completed. The project is due for full completion in August 2017, with performance testing to start in November 2016.

The Edgewater plant consists of three coal-fired units; 3, 4 and 5. These units have nameplate generation capacities of 60 MW, 330 MW, and 380 MW, respectively.

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