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Release date: August 14, 2007

NEW YORK, 14 August 2007 – CH2M HILL announced today that it has been awarded a contract for the new, environmentally friendly Besicorp/Empire combined cycle power plant in Rensselaer, New York.

CH2M HILL subsidiary, LG Constructors, will perform integrated engineering, procurement and construction for the 535 megawatt power plant with a peaking capacity of 635 megawatts. Total projected cost for the project is more than $500 million.

"CH2M HILL is pleased to be chosen to help provide new electric power to New York industrial consumers," said Don Zabilansky, president, CH2M HILL’s power business group.

The Northeast U.S. is currently projected to have possible electricity shortfalls in the future, and this new power station will help to alleviate these concerns. Once operating, this power station will be one of the cleanest and lowest noise producers of comparable plants throughout the country.

Engineering for the project is currently under way, with construction soon to follow. Equipment installation for the new power station is scheduled to begin early in 2008. Facility operations for supplying electricity to the power grid is planned to commence by December 31, 2009.

The new power station will include two GE 7FA combustion turbines, two Alstom three-pressure heat recovery steam generators and one GE D-11 reheat steam turbine. The plant will be fueled by natural gas and intermittently by low sulfur fuel oil. The combustion turbines and the steam turbine will be enclosed in a building.

The project scope includes a 345 kV switchyard, 8 miles of 345 kV transmission line, a 16-inch diameter gas line for 4.5 miles, and a 28-inch diameter grey water pipeline from Albany County’s sewage treatment facility under the Hudson River.

Headquartered in Denver, Colo., employee-owned CH2M HILL ( is a global leader in engineering, construction, and operations for public and private clients. With $4.5 billion in revenue, CH2M HILL is an industry-leading program management, construction management, and design firm, as ranked by Engineering News-Record (2007). The firm’s work is concentrated in the areas of transportation, water, energy, environment, construction, and industrial facilities. The firm has long been recognized as a most-admired company and leading employer by business media and professional associations worldwide. CH2M HILL has more than 19,000 employees in regional offices around the world.
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Name: CH2M Hill
Address: 9191 S. Jamaica St.
City: Englewood
State: CO
ZIP: 80112
Country: USA
Phone: 303-771-0952
FAX: 303-740-6997

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FORTUNE Ranks CH2M HILL One of “100 Best Companies to Work For”
By: Tessa Anderson
Source: CH2M HILL
26 January 26 2009 – CH2M HILL, a global full-service engineering, procurement, construction, and operations firm, has been ranked 86 on FORTUNE’s 12th annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. This is the fourth time the company has earned a spot on the prestigious list. The full list and related stories appear in the February 2 issue of FORTUNE, available on newsstands January 26 and at on January 22.

“CH2M HILL is proud to receive this prestigious award for the second straight year,” says Lee McIntire, CH2M HILL’s chief executive officer. “This accomplishment was possible because of our people and their dedication to our company, our customers, and each other. Our ranking is the result of our employee-ownership culture, our commitment to develop our people, and our ability to provide them with an innovative, challenging, and high-integrity environment in which they can grow, learn, and excel in their careers.”

CH2M HILL employees often cite the opportunity to work on interesting projects that challenge their professional skills and improve the quality of the life in their communities as key reasons for joining and staying with the company. This pride and satisfaction in the company’s work is the reason that CH2M HILL employees refer more than 30 percent of the company’s new hires.

A sampling of these CH2M HILL projects include the following:

Development of the world’s first carbon-neutral, “green” community in Masdar City, a two-square-mile area in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Program management for the $5.25 billion, 7-year Panama Canal expansion, leading to a third set of locks and deepened and widened channels to accommodate post-Panamax shipping.
Implementation of cutting-edge water treatment technology in arid regions, including water recycling in Australia, desalination in the Middle East, and natural and state-of-the-art treatment in Aurora, Colorado.
Helping meet the world’s future energy needs by providing engineer, procure, construct (EPC) services and oil field operations in the Arctic, EPC for power plants in Australia, landfill gas utilization in China and solar manufacturing in Spain.
Oversight of the design and construction of the venues and infrastructure for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as part of the CLM Delivery Partner.
Prime contractor for the safe, environmental cleanup of the $4.5 billion, 5-year Central Plateau of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford nuclear site in south-central Washington state.
Management of a $10 billion military base relocation program for the U.S. and South Korean governments.
Management and operations of a full spectrum of municipal services for cities from Georgia to Colorado.
Support for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide temporary housing for affected residents following natural disasters such as the West Coast wildfires and the recent Midwest flooding and tornadoes.
CH2M HILL was selected, in part, due to its comprehensive and ongoing training and professional development programs (on average, each full-time employee at CH2M HILL participates in 16 hours of training annually), employee-ownership culture (more than 60 percent of employees own stock in the firm), and work-life balance programs (10 percent of employees take advantage of CH2M HILL’s flexible work schedules by working compressed weeks and five percent of employees telework).

FORTUNE’s annual ranking is determined through an extensive nomination and application process. Two-thirds of the score is based on how randomly-selected employees respond to a 57-question survey created by the Great Place to Work Institute. The other third is based on the company’s responses to the Institute’s Cultural Audit.

The company has also been recognized as a Most Admired Company by FORTUNE magazine for the past six years.

In January 2009 CH2M HILL became the first engineering and construction firm to win the Catalyst Award, which annually honors innovative organizational approaches with proven, measurable results that address the recruitment, development, and advancement of all women, including women of color.


Headquartered near Denver, Colo., employee-owned CH2M HILL is a global leader in engineering, procurement, construction, management and operations for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. With $6.4 billion in revenue and more than 25,000 employees, CH2M HILL is an industry-leading program management, construction management and design firm, as ranked by Engineering News-Record (2008). The firm’s work is concentrated in the areas of energy, water, transportation, environmental, nuclear and industrial facilities. The firm has long been recognized as a most-admired company and leading employer, including being named by FORTUNE as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For (2009).
© 2009 CH2M HILL and its licensors. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | CH2M HILL is an Equal Opportunity Employer Project Owner: Kleen Energy Systems, LLC.

Contractor: O&G Industries

Architect: WorleyParsons

Steel Fabricator: Berlin Steel

Steel Subcontractor: High Steel Structures Inc.

The Kleen Energy power plant project is typical of High Steel’s increasing involvement in the power and energy sector.

Berlin Steel of Massachusetts took the lead bidding the complete steel fabrication package, which totaled approximately 5,000 tons. Berlin involved High Steel early in the budgeting phase, and the two companies worked closely together through the bidding process. Contractor O&G Industries, Inc. awarded Berlin the fabrication contract, with High Steel as a subcontractor. High Steel’s scope involved large roof girders, crane girders, and several very large transfer girders for a total of 750 tons of built-up sections.

Kleen Energy Systems, LLC’s new 620 MW Combined Cycle Electric Generating Facility is located in Middletown, Connecticut. Unlike older power plants that are less than 30 percent efficient, the new gas-fired, combined cycle power plant is designed to operate at over 60 percent efficiency. The combined cycle process achieves this increased efficiency by sending waste heat from the gas turbine generator, that would normally be lost, to a steam turbine to generate even more electricity.

The plant is expected to come on line by June 1, 2010.

Structure Type: Power Plant

Steel Tonnage: 750 tons (High Steel’s Portion)

Steel Type: Grade 50

Coating: Painted Prime

Project Owner: Kleen Energy Systems, LLC.

Contractor: O&G Industries

Architect: WorleyParsons

Steel Fabricator: Berlin Steel

Steel Subcontractor: High Steel Structures Inc.

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Conn. official: Unclear whether everyone is accounted for after deadly power plant explosion

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Pat Eaton-Robb and John Christoffersen, Associated Press Writers, On Monday February 8, 2010, 7:46 am EST
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A fire official said Monday that it remains unclear whether everyone is accounted for after a massive explosion that killed at least five people at an under-construction power plant.

Middletown Deputy Fire Marshal Al Santostefano had said Sunday night that officials believed no one was missing amid the rubble. But on Monday morning he said rescue crews still haven’t been able to search a section of the plant that remains unstable, and it was impossible to know if there were victims in that area.

Santostefano also said there were "piles of rubble everywhere, debris everywhere. In some places the debris is as high as 10 feet."

Local fire investigators and federal authorities on Monday were expected to begin their investigation into what caused Sunday morning’s explosion at the plant in Middletown, about 20 miles south of Hartford.

A dozen or more others were hurt in the blast, which happened as gas lines were being tested. The explosion was so powerful it alarmed residents who heard the boom and felt tremors in their homes miles away.

The blast left huge pieces of metal that once encased the plant peeling off its sides. A large swath of the structure was blackened and surrounded by debris, but the building, its roof and its two smokestacks were still standing at the site, which is near Wesleyan University .

One of those killed was Raymond Dobratz, a 58-year-old plumber from Old Saybrook, said his son Erik Dobratz, who called the elder man "a great dad."

Lynn Hawley, of Hartland, Conn., said her 36-year-old son, Brian Hawley, is a pipefitter at the plant and broke his leg. She said he called her from his cell phone to say he was being rushed to a hospital.

"He really couldn’t say what happened to him," she said. "He was in a lot of pain, and they got him into surgery as quickly as possible."

Hospital officials didn’t immediately release the conditions of the other injured people, whose wounds ranged from minor to very serious.

The thundering blast shook houses for miles.

"I felt the house shake," Middletown resident Steve Clark said. "I thought a tree fell on the house."

Mayor Sebastian Giuliano said he heard it as he was leaving church.

"It felt almost like a sonic boom," he said.

Kleen Energy Systems LLC began construction on the plant in February 2008. It had signed a deal with Connecticut Light and Power for the electricity produced by the plant, which was scheduled to be completed by mid-2010 and would be one of the biggest built in New England in the last few years.

The company is run by former City Councilman William Corvo. A message left at Corvo’s home was not returned. Calls to Gordon Holk, general manager of Power Plant Management Services, which has a contract to manage the plant, also weren’t returned.

Energy Investors Funds, a private equity fund that indirectly owns a majority share in the power plant, said it was cooperating with authorities investigating the explosion. In a written statement, the company offered sympathy and concern and said it would release more information on the explosion as it becomes available.

Safety board investigators have done extensive work on the issue of gas line purging since an explosion last year at a Slim Jim factory in North Carolina killed four people. They’ve identified other explosions caused by workers who were unsafely venting gas lines inside buildings.

Contributing to this report were Associated Press writers Eric Tucker in Middletown; Stephanie Reitz in Glastonbury, Conn.; Mark Williams in Columbus, Ohio; Mike Baker in Raleigh, N.C.; and Anne D’Innocenzio in New York.

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Craig Wolf • Poughkeepsie Journal • April 4, 2010

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Buzz up!Twitter FarkIt Type Size A A A Next Page1| 2| 3Previous PageWICCOPEE — "Green jobs" is now a common phrase in plans to revive the American economy.

Last week, that significance was hit home harder by the uncommon appearance of a Cabinet official in the mid-Hudson to make a factory tour.
It’s a small plant that U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis chose, accompanied by Rep. John Hall, D-Dover Plains, but it’s certainly a "green" one in the political meaning of that term.
SpectraWatt Inc., a startup spinoff that has its roots in Intel Corp., landed in southern Dutchess County with $91.4 million in private-sector investment to begin making silicon photovoltaic cells destined to be sold to customers who will manufacture solar electric panels.
Jobs are being created. But it’s with a lot of greenbacks as incentives — $8.1 million of them — from the public sector, mostly the state of New York. An even greater sum, $9.3 million, can be collected by the company in tax credits, assuming it succeeds in hitting its targets. And, there’s a sales tax exemption worth $420,000. All that is according to Empire State Development Corp., the state’s economic development agency.
Already, about 45 positions have been filled — all new jobs — at this facility, created in space leased from IBM Corp. at its Hudson Valley Research Park here. Including its Oregon research center, SpectraWatt is now up to 60 jobs and hiring about five a week. By the end of the year, the work force will grow to 80, "maybe more," said Andrew Wilson, the president and CEO of SpectraWatt.
Ka Man Lau of Poughkeepsie got a job as a process engineer here after losing a post with NXP Semiconductors when it closed last summer. "My skills happened to match what SpectraWatt needs," she said, happy to get work within two months.
Wilson offers the hope that business will grow and that future years will bring even more jobs. The single production line now installed here can produce 60 megawatts’ worth of cells per year, more after improvements are made. That line now runs one shift, but in this industry, full usage is four shifts seven days a week. At that rate, Wilson said, this plant could have 120 jobs.
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There’s room for two more such lines here, which would create even more need for workers. Wilson said a second line is planned but the move to a third line must await an evaluation "whether that makes sense."

How many jobs ultimately result is largely dependent on sales of the solar cells. Wilson said he has customers lined up, both domestic and international.
SpectraWatt has long-term sales agreements, and he said the prospects look good.
"This is a market that is growing," Wilson said. "The U.S. is not the largest market in the world today. But we expect that it will be in two, three years."
The nation’s market was up 50 percent in 2009, SpectraWatt officials point out.
Another source, Solarbuzz, put the U.S. growth rate at 36 percent in 2009, ranking it as the third-largest market after Germany and Italy. The top producers are China and Taiwan. Excess production caused prices to crash, but the company predicts return to "high growth" this year and over the next five.
"Even in the slowest growth scenario, the global market will be 2.5 times its current size by 2014," Solarbuzz states in a summary of its 2010 report.
The European Photovoltaic Industry Association said Tuesday that global installed solar power rose by 44 percent in 2009 and that it expects at least 40 percent growth this year.
"The U.S. market finally took off significantly with around 475 (megawatts) installed in 2009 and appears as a potential leading market for the coming years," the association said. A megawatt is a thousand watts. The total installed base globally is about 20 gigawatts, with "giga" meaning billion.
The photovoltaic industry depends a lot upon government subsidy to compete with cheaper sources. The subsidy is inspired by a combination of hopes to develop U.S.-based jobs, to diversify power generation on the electrical grid and, in the view of many of its advocates, displace some of the fossil-fueled generation that emits pollution.
The "prime the pump" approach to subsidy may not be needed forever. David O’Connor, SpectraWatt’s vice president of business development, points out that not only is the market growing, but: "The cost of solar is also coming down, even without the subsidies."
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If fossil and nuclear power continue becoming more costly, the solar crowd figures, solar will reach "grid parity" when it can compete without subsidy.

"Economic pressure will be building for solar and all the renewables," Hall said at the factory tour.
But right now, a large chunk of subsidy is going into SpectraWatt to create jobs.
The breakdown, from Empire State Development, shows cash outlays of:
• Empire Zone refunds, $3,375,469.
• Empire State Development grant, $3 million.
• New York state Energy Research and Development Authority grant, $1.5 million.
• Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. grant, $78,300.
• Dutchess County Industrial Development Agency, up to $100,000.
• Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board grant, $50,000.
Under the state’s Empire Zone program, which SpectraWatt qualified for only months before its demise, the company can collect benefits by filing its tax returns and certifying it has met investment and employment goals.
These can total:
• Investment tax credit, $3.3 million.
• Employment incentive tax credit, $5.94 million.
• Wage tax credit, $75,469.
A sales tax exemption on items used in setting up shop is valued at $420,000.
O’Connor told reporters at Tuesday’s event, "Those incentives offered by New York state and the county were very important. We would not be here without those incentives."
Rather, history suggests SpectraWatt would be in Oregon on land Intel had intended to use for its solar spinoff. There were delays in what incentives that state was offering and a strong effort from New York.
So, Wilson will move from Oregon to this area soon, and the bulk of the jobs will grow here.
The IBM space is part of the attraction. The production line is linear and long.
O’Connor noted, "There are not a lot of buildings this long."
And Wilson said that IBM, as a high-tech landlord, has been helpful.
"The IBM company has really embraced us," Wilson said, citing counseling on environmental requirements, permits and process efficiencies.
"IBM and the state made it fairly easy for us to be here," Wilson said.
The availability of workers with good backgrounds in semiconductor manufacture helped lot.
"There is an immense talent pool here," he said. "We were very fortunate to attract some excellent talent."
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PhysicsNut wrote:

Glad if they have a market for PV solar panels. But in general
photovoltaic is overly expensive for what you get, not that
there are no niche markets. You would probably not want 26 inches
of snow on your solar panels, like a few weeks ago.

4/4/2010 10:36:56 AM Glad if they have a market for PV solar panels. But in generalphotovoltaic is overly expensive for what you get, not thatthere are no niche markets. You would probably not want 26 inchesof snow on your solar panels, like a few weeks ago. PhysicsNut
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SpectraWatt workers prepare for last week’s visit by U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Rep. John Hall, D-Dover Plains. The startup company has filled about 45 positions at its Hudson Valley Research Park in Wiccopee. (Karl Rabe/Poughkeepsie Journal)

Company profile: SpectraWatt Inc.
Business: Production of the CrystalBlue brand of multicrystalline silicon photovoltaic cells for sale to industrial customers who make solar power panels. Research and development to improve the product.
Founded: June 2008 as a spinoff of Intel Corp.
Capitalization: $91.4 million in private investment from Intel Capital and several other entities; $8.1 million in public funds, mostly New York state agencies; eligibility for $9.3 million in New York tax credits going forward.
Headquarters and plant: Hudson Valley Research Park, Wiccopee, East Fishkill. Research center, Hillsboro, Oregon.
President and CEO: Andrew Wilson.
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Fine Lucy. What kind of photos are you doing? Things are up and down but starting to come up again. Take care of yourself Lucy. See You. Chris

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In addition to announcing details of the new smart grid initiative, the NYISO also held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of its new $35.5 million primary power control center. The new facility is being built adjacent to the NYISO’s headquarters building in the city of Rensselaer, near Albany.

The 64,000-square-foot control center at the NYISO’s Krey Boulevard site will serve as the primary operational nerve center for the non-profit NYISO, which oversees New York’s bulk electricity grid and wholesale electricity markets. The new facility is being developed to replace the NYISO’s existing, 42-year-old Carman Road control center in the town of Guilderland in western Albany County. That facility’s systems will be upgraded, allowing the NYISO to meet the requirement of having a fully functional primary and backup control center.

“Today, we’re not just breaking ground on a state-of-the-art facility, we’re flipping on an economic light switch for the Capital Region,” said Senator Schumer. “This project is going to support hundreds of construction jobs, 20 new jobs when all is said and done, and will help update our energy grid to spur even more economic development across upstate New York. This is a great day for the Capital Region and the NYISO.”

Completion of the smart grid and control center projects will allow the NYISO to better fulfill its core mission of maintaining reliability of the state’s bulk power system and operating economically efficient wholesale markets. For