EthosEnergy wins contract for Sutherland oil-to-gas conversions

​EthosEnergy said Oct. 22 that it has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract by an Alliant Energy (NYSE: LNT) subsidiary to provide fuel conversion, equipment upgrade and associated construction work on their combustion turbine units at the Sutherland Generating Station in Marshalltown, Iowa.

The range of services provided will include engineering design, gas turbine overhauls and upgrades, controls retrofit, generator inspection and installation of new balance of plant equipment for the Sutherland facility. The generating station produces electricity to meet peak power demand in the region. The conversion to natural gas from oil provides a cleaner, less expensive fuel source for the utility.

Kevin Taylor, president of Power Solutions for EthosEnergy, said: “By working with and understanding Alliant Energy’s key drivers, we were able to offer them a complete and tailored package that not only met their original requirements but also optimized the project delivery. Through leveraging our knowledge and expertise in the power generation market we were able to consolidate the scope of work into a single, integrated contract allowing us to reduce the construction phase and total cost which will maximise the value on this project.”

John Larsen, Alliant Energy Senior Vice President said: “EthosEnergy’s ability to provide the gas turbine fuel conversion retrofit and the associated balance of plant EPC services, together with the necessary guarantees is important to our overall project.”

The full scope of work is for the conversion of six Pratt & Whitney FT4C3F turbines from liquid fuel to natural gas fuel, overhaul of the combustion turbines, generator inspections, turbine and plant control upgrades, turnkey engineering, procurement and construction and associated start-up and commissioning work.

EthosEnergy is a leading independent service provider of rotating equipment services and solutions to the power, oil & gas and industrial markets.

Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility subsidiary, Interstate Power and Light, utilizes the trade name of Alliant Energy. The Iowa utility is based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and provides electric service to 487,000 customers and natural gas service to 226,000 customers.

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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.