11 December 2007 — PennWell Corp’s Power Engineering magazine announced the 2007 Projects of the Year Award winners at an awards gala held December 10, 2007 at the New Orleans Sheraton Hotel. Each year, the magazine recognizes some of the world’s best power projects from four major categories: gas-fired projects, coal-fired projects, nuclear projects and renewables projects. Winners and honorable mention recipients in each category are selected by the Power Engineering editorial committee.
The awards are presented annually during POWER-GEN International, the world’s largest power generation conference and exhibition. POWER-GEN International 2007, held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, is expected to attract a record attendance of more than 18,000 attendees and features an exhibition showcasing more than 1,100 energy companies.
“The Projects-of-the-Year Awards are significant because they recognize excellence in the industry and acknowledge the outstanding work that owners, contractors and EPCs bring to the power generation market. Power Engineering is proud to sponsor these annual awards,” said Mr. David Wagman, Managing Editor of Power Engineering magazine.
Florida Power & Light’s 1,150 MW Turkey Point Power Plant Expansion Project was selected as the Best Gas-fired Project in 2007. The project was completed in March 2007 after nearly three years of work. Zachry and Black & Veatch were instrumental in planning and completing the new 4-on-1 combined cycle facility. Portland General Electric’s (PGE) Port Westward Generating Plant received the 2007 Best Gas-fired Project Honorable Mention Award.
MidAmerican Energy Co.’s Walter Scott, Jr. Energy Center Unit 4 received the award for the Best Coal-fired Project. The 790 MW power plant in Council Bluffs, Iowa, is one of the United States’ first supercritical coal-fired plants. Mitsui and Company Energy Development was the EPC. The new 870 MW unit consists of a Hitachi 1050 F/1100 F tandem-compound, four-flow turbine with 40 inch last stage blades – Hitachi’s largest turbine installation outside of Japan. Xcel’s Allen S. King Plant Rehabilitation Project was selected as the 2007 Best Coal-fired Project Honorable Mention Award winner.
The Best Nuclear Project was awarded to The South Texas Projects Low Turbines Replacement Project. The new turbines, supplied by Siemens AG, increased the output of each STP unit by 70 MW, raising the electricity delivered to the grid from 1,280 MW to 1,350 MW per unit. The cost recovery period for the $100 million project has been projected at less than 18 months. Luminant’s (formerly TXU Generation Co.) steam generator and reactor vessel head replacement project at Comanche Peak Unit 1 was selected as the 2007 Best Nuclear Project Honorable Mention Award winner.
The 2007 Best Renewables Project of the Year Award Winner was the Steel Winds Wind Farm, co-owned by BQ energy and UPC Wind. The wind farm, a 20 MW facility consisting of eight Clipper WindPower 2.5 MW liberty series wind turbines, is located on the site of the old Bethlehem Steel Mill, located along the shores of Lake Erie in Lackawanna, N.Y. It is the first commercial deployment of Clipper WindPower’s Liberty turbines. Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm, owned by Danish-based DONG Energy and consisting of 25 Siemens Power Generation’s wind 3.6 MW wind turbines, received the Honorable Mention Award for the Best Renewables Project.