During its August 13, 2012 meeting, the Matanuska Electric Association Board of Directors approved a contract with the firm of Burns & McDonnell for engineering and design services related to the ongoing Eklutna Generation Station (EGS) project. Burns & McDonnell, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., is a full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental, and consulting solutions firm with more than 3,600 employee-owners. They have been in business for 113 years, and have significant experience in designing projects for the harsh environments of Alaska. The firm also has repeatedly designed plants utilizing the Wärtsilä generation technology selected in March by MEA to power EGS.
“Approval of this contract is another major step on our path to completing the Eklutna Generation Station on time and under budget,” said MEA General Manager Joe Griffith. “Burns & McDonnell is a nationally recognized engineering firm with significant past experience in the design of Wärtsilä-driven plants. They were able to provide us with a comprehensive proposal that brought the price down significantly below initial estimates. These savings and their expertise are the major driving factors for their selection. ”
The contract, valued at $3,814,130, covers the engineering and design of both the new generation plant’s power block (those pieces of the plant housing the generators and connecting them to the electrical grid) and its support buildings (including an administrative building and warehouse, known collectively as the “balance of plant”).
Completion of the initial design documents is expected by the end of December 2012 to accommodate a spring 2013 construction start date. The Eklutna Generation Station is slated for completion by the end of 2014.