Ormat completes construction with UAMPS of Veyo heat recovery project

Ormat Technologies (NYSE:ORA) said June 28 that that construction has been completed at the Veyo Heat Recovery Project in southern Utah.

Listed in GenerationHub records as an 8-MW facility, this project falls under a $22.3m engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS).

The project features an air-cooled Recovered Energy Generation (REG) unit at UAMPS’ Kern River Gas Transmission (Kern River) Veyo natural gas compressor station, Ormat said in a news release. Kern River is part of the Berkshire Hathaway Energy corporate family.

The project is located near the unincorporated community of Veyo, Utah, which is approximately 20 miles northwest of the City of St. George, Utah, according to the UAMPS website. The Veyo Heat Recovery Project has been designated the “Green Project” and is financed with “Green” municipal revenue bonds, according to UAMPS.

The EPC contract was signed Nov. 5, 2014, where an Ormat Energy converter (OEC) is employed to generate power from heat that otherwise would have been released into the atmosphere.

Ormat said the company’s converter offers unmanned, automatic operation that is remotely monitored. The converter has no water usage, no fuel consumption, low maintenance and simple operation. The converter also has a small installed footprint and no interference with host site operation.

The Veyo project was brought online May 26 a full four months ahead of schedule. UAMPS was expected to hold a commissioning ceremony for the Veyo Heat Recovery Project onsite on June 28.

Last spring the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) office in Utah issued a finding of no significant impact based on an environmental assessment

Ormat is a major provider for waste heat to power systems on gas pipeline compressor stations. REG units convert waste heat from the exhaust of gas turbine-driven compressors into electricity for on-site consumption or for sale to local utilities. Ormat’s REG solutions for gas compressor stations are based on the OEC, a power generation unit that converts a wide range of temperature heat into electrical energy.

Ormat has 450 employees in the United States and over 600 overseas.

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