Burns & McDonnell teams with others to build 720-MW CPV Valley plant

Burns & McDonnell on Sept. 17 said that it is teaming with Skanska USA and Ecco III Enterprises Construction to design and construct a new 720-MW combined cycle facility in Wawayanda, New York.

Engineering design of the natural gas-fired CPV Valley Energy Center is underway and construction is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2015. The plant is expected to be in commercial operation by early 2018. The facility will be owned and operated by Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) and partner Diamond Generating. Burns & McDonnell added that it will provide comprehensive engineering design for the duration of the project as well as equipment procurement and construction management services in collaboration with Skanska and Ecco.

The CPV Valley Energy Center will be powered by two SGT6-5000F gas turbines, one SST-5000 steam turbine and three SGen-1000A generators. Power technology incorporated in plant design is state-of-the-art for efficiency and low emissions.

The Siemens combined cycle units also will reduce water usage by approximately 85%, thanks to a plant design that incorporates advanced air cooling. Additionally, the plant will use treated and recycled water from a nearby wastewater treatment plant.

The CPV Valley Energy Center will interconnect with the New York Power Authority‘s 345-kV Marcy South Transmission Line, creating additional grid stability within a broad region.

Burns & McDonnell is a company made up of more than 5,200 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists, consultants and entrepreneurs with offices across the country and throughout the world. Burns & McDonnell is 100% employee-owned.

In other recent developments for this project:

  • The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will prepare an environmental assessment on the Valley Lateral Project, involving construction and operation of facilities by Millennium Pipeline Co. LLC in Orange County, New York. The commission said in a July 6 notice that Millennium plans to construct and operate approximately 7.8 miles of new pipeline lateral that would provide about 130 million cubic feet per day of natural gas per day to the CPV Valley Energy Center from Millennium’s existing mainline pipeline.
  • Competitive Power Ventures and partner Diamond Generating announced June 12 that they have closed financing on the CPV Valley Energy Center.
  • The New York Independent System Operator and transmission owner the New York Power Authority filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on June 10 an executed Large Generator Interconnection Agreement with CPV Valley LLC for this project. The Point of Interconnection will be the bus tap of a new three breaker ring bus (at the Dolson Avenue Substation) on NYPA’s transmission line #42, approximately 31.8 miles from the Coopers Corners Substation and 14.7 miles from the Rock Tavern Substation.
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