Black & Veatch picked as owner’s engineer for natural gas-fired projects

Caption: Exelon’s Colorado Bend Energy Center, a natual gas-fired facility located near Houston.

Exelon (NYSE: EXC) picked Black & Veatch as owner’s engineer for two combined-cycle natural gas-fired projects in Texas.

Black & Veatch will install two 1,000-MW natural gas units at Exelon’s six-unit, 498-MW Colorado Bend plant near Houston, and the three-unit, 704-MW Wolf Hollow plant near Dallas. The plants will use GE (NYSE: GE) 7HA.02 rapid start-up and turndown gas turbines and will use dry cooling instead of wet cooling technology to minimize overall water usage.

Black & Veatch provided site feasibility analysis and conceptual design services for the projects in 2013. The company also assisted in the selection of major equipment suppliers, including support with technical and commercial negotiations. Services include engineering, procurement and construction specification development and design support. Construction began in January with commercial operation set for 2017.

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