Bechtel wins contract to build 1,000-MW Cricket Valley plant in New York

Bechtel said Oct. 13 that it has been selected by Cricket Valley Energy LLC, an affiliate of Advanced Power, to design and build a new 1,000-MW combined-cycle facility in Dover, New York.

The Cricket Valley Energy Center construction is expected to create approximately 800 craft jobs and, once the plant is complete, up to 30 full-time engineering, operations, management, and administrative positions. Construction is expected to start in mid 2016.

“We are very pleased to announce our partnership with Bechtel,” said Robert De Meyere, project manager for Cricket Valley Energy. “We are confident that the expertise and experience Bechtel brings to our project will help achieve our goal to make Cricket Valley Energy a trusted resource in the region’s energy supply, revitalize a dormant industrial site, and create jobs and tax revenue for the Town of Dover and the region.”

Bechtel will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, and construction of the generating facility, which will use three General Electric natural gas-fired turbines, each with a heat recovery steam generator and steam turbine generator. Bechtel partnered with Cricket Valley Energy to complete the development of the project.

“We join Cricket Valley Energy in its commitment to hire local workers and partner with local businesses wherever possible, in order to deliver a quality project,” said Scott Osborne, general manager for power at Bechtel. “We look forward to working with our customer and the community to make this project a success.”

Bechtel is also currently working with another Advanced Power affiliate, Carroll County Energy LLC, building a natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant in Carroll County, Ohio. Bechtel noted that it recently completed three similar plants in Texas ahead of schedule. 

Bechtel is a global leader in the design and execution of complex power projects and has been at the forefront of the power industry for more than 60 years. The company has successfully completed combined-cycle projects all over the world. In New York, Bechtel has completed a number of significant power generation projects, including construction of the Athens Generating Plant, a 1,323-MW natural gas-fired facility.

Cricket Valley Energy is an affiliate of Advanced Power, a leading energy development company based in Boston, Massachusetts. Advanced Power’s management has a proven track record of developing more than 15,600 MW of power generation projects worldwide. Advanced Power’s partners on Cricket Valley Energy include Marubeni Power International and TIAA-CREF.

In other recent news for the Cricket Valley project:

  • The New York State Department Department of Environmental Conservation is taking comment until Nov. 17 on a draft air permit that is needed due to project delays and the lapse of the old one. The initial permit was issued in September 2012 and an 18-month extension was granted by the department in March 2014 as construction had not commenced within 18 months from issuance of the initial permit. Under this new permitting, the facility will consist of three GE Model 7FA.05 combustion turbine generators (CTGs) operating in combined-cycle mode with supplemental firing of the heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs). Natural gas will be the sole fuel fired in the CTGs and duct burners. The facility will also include a natural gas-fired auxiliary boiler, four ultra-low sulfur distillate (ULSD) fired black-start generator engines and a ULSD-fired emergency fire pump engine.
  • Cricket Valley Energy Center on July 31 petitioned the New York State Public Service Commission for approval of the $1.5 billion of financing needed for this facility.
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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.