Carlsbad Energy Center
Carlsbad, Calif.
Award of Merit

Owner: NRG Energy Inc.
Contractor: ARB Inc.
Lead Design Firm | Structural Engineer | Civil Engineer | MEP Engineer: Burns & McDonnell
Subcontractor: Morrow-Meadows Corp.

Bringing resilience to the Southern California grid, this 527-megawatt simple-cycle plant was built on a brownfield site previously occupied by a fuel oil tank farm and an older gas-fired power facility.

Before construction began, unusually heavy rains filled the bowl-shaped location with more than 2 million gallons of water that crews had to pump out, filter and send to storm drains.

Contractors also faced equipment delivery delays caused by Hurricane Harvey, which slammed Houston, where the power plant’s gas turbines were stored. To save time and keep construction moving, some of the equipment damaged by the hurricane was shipped to the job as-is and repaired on site.

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