AECOM to build Alliant’s 700-MW Riverside expansion project in Wisconsin

AECOM (NYSE: ACM) announced Jun 28 that it has been selected as the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor for Alliant Energy‘s (NYSE: LNT) Riverside Energy Center expansion project.

The new facility will use gas-fired combustion turbine technology to produce approximately 700 MW for Alliant Energy customers in Wisconsin. The value of the contract will be included in AECOM’s backlog for the fiscal third quarter.

“We’re pleased to build the next-generation power plant that will enable Alliant Energy to keep delivering efficient and cost effective energy to thousands of customers and businesses,” said Michael S. Burke, AECOM chairman and chief executive officer. “This project taps an experienced, talented team unrivaled in our industry for delivering energy efficient power generation sites across the country.”

As EPC contractor, AECOM’s scope will include design, supply, install and start-up of a $700 million, 2×1 gas-fired combined cycle facility. AECOM’s Construction Services group will be providing engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning services for the project. The power plant is projected to be completed by early 2020.

According to Alliant Energy, the Riverside Energy Center expansion project will be one of the largest economic development projects in Wisconsin.

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin on May 6 approved a May 2015 application from Alliant’s Wisconsin Power and Light (WPL) for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct this facility. The project includes construction of the combined-cycle facility and a 2-MW solar facility, and is located near the site of the existing Riverside Energy Center in the town of Beloit in Rock County, Wisconsin. The  project also includes modifications to the on-site natural gas supply system, and the construction of a short 138-kV or 345-kV transmission line to connect the Riverside plant to the transmission grid.

AECOM designs, builds, finances and operates infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM had revenue of approximately $18 billion during fiscal year 2015.

Alliant Energy’s Wisconsin utility subsidiary, WPL, utilizes the trade name of Alliant Energy. The Wisconsin utility is based in Madison, Wis., and provides electric service to 463,000 customers and natural gas service to 185,000 customers across central and southern Wisconsin.

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