Burns & McDonnell to build 56 MW power plant for Stillwater Utilities Authority

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Burns & McDonnell has been selected by Stillwater Utilities Authority to provide engineering, procurement support, and construction management services for the proposed 56 MW simple-cycle, reciprocating engine power project in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

These services include EPCM services for the power plant, and the new 69 kV breaker-and-a-half substation. Besides the EPCM services, Burns & McDonnell has been retained by the SUA to provide permitting (air, water, wetland and noise) consulting services and natural gas interconnection consulting services.

A full notice to proceed was issued in June 2014. Completion is projected to be in 2016. The reciprocating engine power plant will incorporate natural gas-fired, medium-speed reciprocating engine generators, which require negligible water usage using a closed-cooling water system for the engines.

The Power Generation Station Project will generate regional contract awards for certain materials and services in Oklahoma and will create hundreds of construction jobs.

Burns & McDonnell has executed 60 percent of all existing medium-speed reciprocating engine projects greater than 25MW since 2000 and will be associated with over 670 MW total of engine projects by 2015.

The SUA is a producer and transporter of energy for the city of Stillwater, The generation and transmission division operates and maintains 21 miles of 69 kV local transmission lines, 8 electric substations, and electric generating equipment with a combined output of 35 MW’s. The electric distribution system includes 371 miles of overhead lines; 316 miles of underground lines; 8,585 distribution transformers; 12,238 poles; 3,791 street lights; and other related electrical equipment.

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