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Projects of the Year Finalists Revealed

01 / 09

Projects of the Year Finalists Revealed

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> Eight projects from around the world were chosen in four categories for the Projects of the Year awards. The winners in each category will be announced Dec. 7 during a dinner and ceremony to start off Power Generation Week in Las Vegas, Nevada. </p> </div>

02 / 09

Best Nuclear Project Finalists

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;font-size:18px"> Ningde 3 Nuclear Power Plant, Fujian Province, China </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> The 1,020-MW Ningde 3 nuclear plant in China was connected to the power grid March 21 and started commercial operation June 10, 2015. It is one of six CPR-1000 reactors planned for the site. The plant is co-owned by CGN, China Datang Corp. and Fujian Energy Group and was built by China Nuclear Engineering and Construction Corp. The CPR-1000 is a Chinese design developed from the two Areva three-loop standard PWRs imported for the Daya Bay plant in Guangdong province. </p> </div>

03 / 09

Best Nuclear Project Finalists

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;font-size:18px"> Bridge Crane Installation at Cook Nuclear Power Plant, Bridgman, Michigan </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> American Electric Power, Day & Zimmermann and other project partners developed a telescoping gantry system and a hydraulic turntable to lift and rotate components for a 250-ton bridge crane at the Cook nuclear plant. Workers configured the gantry system as an engineered temporary lift assembly that had never been used in an operating power plant. The process saved AEP one week and $18 million from its upcoming fall 2016 outage. </p> </div>

04 / 09

Best Renewables Finalists

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;font-size:18px"> Grand Ridge Energy Storage Center, La Salle County, Illinois </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> The Grand Ridge Energy Storage Center is a 31.5-MW lithium-ion battery system is co-located at Invenergy’s Grand Ridge wind (200 MW) and solar (20 MW) farms in Illinois. The project acts as both a power generator and a load to provide grid operator PJM Interconnection LLC with megawatts to balance supply and demand. The project is the second-largest lithium-ion battery storage system in the world. </p> </div>

05 / 09

Best Renewables Finalists

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;font-size:18px"> Topaz Solar Farm, San Luis Obispo County, California </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> First Solar’s 550-MW Topaz Solar Farm features 9,000,000 modules and covers 10 square miles. Construction began in November 2011 and reached substantial completion in late 2014. BHE Renewables completed acquisition of the project in January 2012. Electricity output from the plant is being sold to Pacific Gas & Electric under a 25-year power purchase agreement. Topaz incorporates advanced capabilities to support grid stability and reliability. </p> </div>

06 / 09

Best Coal Project Finalists

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;font-size:18px"> Yeongheung Units 5 & 6, Yeongheung Island, South Korea </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> Korea South-East Power Co. built the 1,700-MW units 5 & 6 to supply 25 percent of the electricity used in Seoul along with the other four units. Millions of dollars were spent each year transporting power supplies long distances to meet the demand until the units were completed. KOSEP overcame several challenges to complete the plant, including stricter emissions standards and public concern. In response, the plant was built with some of the lowest air emissions in the world. </p> </div>

07 / 09

Best Coal Project Finalists

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;font-size:18px"> La Cygne Generating Station Retrofit Project, La Cygne, Kansas </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> Kansas City Power & Light and Westar Energy selected Kiewit and Sargent & Lundy LLC to engineer, procure and construct the retrofit to the 1,500 MW power plant. The retrofit included the installation of two Hitachi wet FGD scrubbers, Harmon fabric filters, a selective catalytic reduction system, low NOx burners and over-fire air system. The retrofits are expected to remove 98 percent of SO2 and reduce NOx emissions on Unit 2 to 0.05 lb/MBtu. </p> </div>

08 / 09

Best Natural Gas-Fired Project Finalists

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;font-size:18px"> Panda Temple I & II Combined-Cycle Power Plant, Temple, Texas </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> Panda Power Funds completed construction on the 758-MW each Temple I & II power plant in Texas in 2014 and 2015, respectively. The plant operates at 57.5 percent overall efficiency and can reach full operating power in an hour. A consortium of Siemens and Bechtel delivered the plant as a turnkey system. The power island uses two Siemens SGT6-5000F turbines with shaping power, a heat recovery steam generator, boilers and steam turbines to utilize all but 185 degrees of the turbines’ waste heat to generate emissions free secondary energy. </p> </div>

09 / 09

Best Natural Gas-Fired Project Finalists

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;font-size:18px"> Warren County Generating Station, Warren County, Virginia </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> Warren County Energy Partners--a collaboration of Burns & McDonnell and Zachry Construction-- built the $1.1 billion power plant for Dominion Virginia Power. The 1,329-MW combined-cycle plant began commercial operation in December 2014. The plant features combustion turbines provided by Mitsubishi, heat recovery steam generators from Alstom and a thermal energy storage system to chill the air supply for the combustion turbines. The project is expected to bring economic benefits of $35 million annually into the local economy. </p> </div>