Black & Veatch to design, build $627M air quality control additions to Wisconsin Power and Light Company's Columbia Energy Center

Black & Veatch - 04.02.2012

Black & Veatch has been selected to engineer, procure and construct air quality control retrofits to the Columbia Energy Center, co-owned and operated by Wisconsin Power and Light Company (WPL), a subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE: LNT). When completed, the additions will further reduce emissions from the company’s largest coal-fired power plant.

“The capital investment we are making today will enable us to continue providing reliable and cost-effective energy for our customers,” said John Larsen, President of WPL.

Black & Veatch estimates the project will support more than 550 jobs during peak construction periods.

“Black & Veatch designed the nation’s first air quality control system more than 40 years ago,” said Dean Oskvig, President and CEO of Black & Veatch’s global energy business. “Today, we continue to lead the industry in air quality control programs. By upgrading its air quality systems, WPL and the Columbia Energy Center’s co-owners can continue to provide affordable and reliable power to customers across Wisconsin.”

Editor’s Notes:

• The Columbia Energy Center is located in Pardeeville, Wis., approximately 30 miles north of Madison.

• Wisconsin Power and Light Company is the majority owner and operator of the facility. Wisconsin Public Service Corporation and Madison Gas and Electric are co-owners.

• Black & Veatch will design and construct the following new technology systems onto the Columbia Energy Center:

o Carbon injection system to reduce mercury emissions
o Dry flue gas desulfurization system to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions
o Pulse Jet Fabric Filter (PJFF) to reduce particulate emissions

• Black & Veatch designed the original wet scrubber systems on Units 4 and 5 of Westar Energy’s Lawrence Energy Center in Kansas. Unit 4’s system became operational in 1968 and was the first retrofit sulfur dioxide scrubber in the United States. In 1971, Unit 5’s scrubber system was the first sulfur dioxide scrubber in the United States to be installed as original equipment on a new fossil fuel generating plant.


About Black & Veatch

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