CPV Fairview Energy Center
Johnstown, Pa.
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Owner: CPV
Lead Design Firm: Kiewit Engineering Group Inc.
EPC Contractor: Kiewit
Structural Engineer: GE
Cooling Tower: EvapTech
Mass Grading: Charles J. Merlo Inc.
Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings: Mascaro
Switchyard Installation & Testing / Isophase Bus Welding: National Conductor Constructors 
Landscaping: API

The natural gas-fueled combined-cycle electric generation CPV Fairview Energy Center was adapted to blend natural gas and ethane, which Kiewit claims makes it the only power plant of its scale in the world to use that combustion mix. The 1,050-MW facility uses regionally sourced natural gas and features two combustion turbines, two heat recovery steam generators and one steam turbine to maximize efficiency.

A portion of the 28-month project was scheduled to include a second shift, which required development and implementation of a noise mitigation plan in coordination with CPV and Johnstown Township. The strategy helped the project team address various weather impacts caused by the winter, wind and wet conditions while still maintaining schedule.

Major equipment was delivered to the project by rail, using a rail siding section of track located about six miles from the site. The siding had been abandoned and needed to be improved prior to deliveries. The team worked closely with local agencies to develop and execute a detailed plan and schedule to permit, engineer and improve the rail siding and avoid delays.

Now in operation, the energy center, which was completed below budget and ahead of schedule, is capable of generating electricity to power more than 1 million homes and businesses.

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