Graham Black & Veatch lands power station project
By Adam FreillConstruction Industrial Infrastructure
Joint venture between Black & Veatch and Graham Construction to add new gas turbines to pair of SaskPower power stations.
Graham Black & Veatch will be adding a pair of gas turbines to facilities operated by the Saskatchewan Power Corporation (SaskPower). SaskPower selected the joint venture between Black & Veatch’s construction entity in Canada, OCI, and Graham Construction, to complete the additions of one simple cycle gas turbine to its Ermine Power Station near Kerrobert and another to the Yellowhead Power Station near North Battleford.
The project includes design, procurement, construction and commissioning of the facilities and related equipment and improvements, which will include two 46MW General Electric gas turbines, complete with generators, synchronous-self-shifting clutch and static excitation. The new turbines will serve homes and businesses in the area, and also provide backup generation to support the continued introduction of renewable energy sources.
As Saskatchewan continues to transition away from coal-fired power generation and introduce more wind and solar power to the grid, reliable and efficient generation will continue to play an integral role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, says the power company. The additions to the existing power stations are aimed at supplying reliable, cost-effective baseload power to the province.
“Black & Veatch’s expertise in technical studies, consulting and design-build projects paired with Graham’s experience working with SaskPower on plant construction services, offers a unique combination of talent that gives these communities a swift and effective new source of energy,” said Laszlo von Lazar, president of energy and process industries for Black & Veatch.
“Between Graham’s local knowledge and previous experience at these sites and Black & Veatch’s power resume and familiarity with EPC contracting, the joint venture between our companies will deliver reliable, resilient energy to SaskPower’s customers for many years to come,” added Cecil Dawe, executive vice-president, industrial for Graham.