Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Power Engineering Magazine Names CWLP’s Dallman 4 Project of the Year

City Water, Light and Power’s new Dallman 4 Power Station has been named Power Engineering magazine’s 2009 Project of the Year. The award was announced at the POWER-GEN International conference attended by power industry leaders in Las Vegas. Each year the magazine’s editors recognize some of the world’s best projects in four major categories: gas-fired, coal-fired, nuclear and renewable.

Power Engineering named Dallman 4 the 2009 Project of the Year based on the utility's successes among a number of factors including the Sierra Club agreement, air quality and efficiency improvements and overcoming air permit challenges.

Mayor Tim Davlin said he is proud of Dallman 4’s success. “Getting through all of the obstacles and challenges that faced this project and to still come out ahead with these top industry honors is a testament to the hard work of the teams that made this happen.”

CWLP General Manager Todd Renfrow said a lot was learned from Dallman 4’s success. “Having the various project teams among the partners work closely together to meet both the utility’s and contractor’s goals, allowed concerns and issues to be addressed immediately,” he said. “This open communication was key to limiting issues that would have impacted the project cost or schedule.”

The magazine also noted challenges that were overcome without causing costly construction delays. “Tighter emission standards meant design changes had to be made, even though project engineering and procurement were more than 50 percent complete…The final result was a project completed seven months ahead of schedule and within budget.”

Power Engineering also praised the payoff from the efficiency of the Dallman 4 Unit, saying a 34% unit efficiency improvement is expected to yield $12 million in annual operational savings.

Dallman 4, which had a contact completion date of April 2010, was completed on November 19, 2009. Projected to utilize up to 700,000 tons of Illinois coal annually, Unit 4 will be equipped with the most advanced pollution controls. More than 700 workers, representing nearly a dozen local labor unions, have been employed throughout construction of this project. A total of 1.7 million construction hours were logged in on Unit 4 to reach substantial completion.

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