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Bechtel designed and built the Monticello single-unit boiling water reactor plant.
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) and Lockheed Martin joined forces to design and build the world’s most advanced digital control systems and nuclear reactors. Under the agreement, Lockheed Martin’s nuclear systems and solutions (NS&S) division will design and manufacture the main reactor control room systems for GEH’s Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactors (ESBWR). In addition to main controls packages, Lockheed Martin also will provide related simulation and training support, as well as services and replacement equipment.
Alstom and LM Wind Power entered a strategic partnership to develop the world’s longest wind turbine blade ever produced. The new blade is designed specifically for Alstom’s next generation 6-MW offshore wind turbine. Special material compounds will maximize strength and durability while reducing weight. The prototype blades will be produced in LM Wind Power’s Danish factory in Lunderskov and are expected to be ready for installation at Alstom prototype sites in Europe to start testing during the winter of 2011.
Granite Reliable Power , a partnership of Brookfield Renewable Power and Freshet Wind Energy, selected RMT Inc. to build its Granite Reliable wind farm. RMT began construction on the 99-MW project located in Coos County, N.H. RMT is providing engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of the civil and electrical infrastructure, including the installation of 33 Vestas V90 3.0-MW wind turbines. The civil infrastructure includes roads, crane paths and pads, and turbine foundations. The electrical infrastructure includes a 34.5-kV overhead and underground collection system, a 5.8-mile 115-kV overhead power line, a substation, and interconnection to the Public Service of New Hampshire system. RMT is also responsible for tower erection and construction of a 5,000 SF operations and maintenance building.
San Diego Gas & Electric and Pattern Energy partnered on a 20-year contract for 315 MW of wind energy to be generated at Pattern’s Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility near Ocotillo, Calif., west of El Centro in the Imperial Valley. Pending government approvals, Pattern plans to complete the project by the end of 2012 to coincide with a 2012 in-service date for the 500-kilovolt Sunrise Powerlink transmission line, currently under construction.
URS Corp. won a contract by AREVA Enrichment Services (AES) to provide procurement, construction and management services for the Eagle Rock Enrichment Facility (EREF). EREF is a planned nuclear fuel enrichment facility that will be located in Idaho and will supply low-enriched uranium for use in commercial nuclear power plants in the U.S. The project received a $2 billion conditional commitment for a loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy. URS will perform its work in two phases. During Phase I, URS will provide construction and procurement planning services. During Phase 2, which would only commence upon AES receiving a Combined Operating License for the facility from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and other necessary approvals, URS will provide procurement, construction and management services. The facility is expected to start operations in 2014 and to be fully constructed by 2017.
Nancy Hersh joined Opower as v.p. of analytics. Hersh was the managing director of business