Westinghouse Files for
Westinghouse Electric Company filed
for Chapter 11 bankruptcy las month.
Though parent company Toshiba had
promised it would ensure new nuclear development projects undertaken by Westinghouse would continue, including the
Virgil C. Summer nuclear station in South
Carolina and the Alvin W. Votgle nuclear
plant in Georgia, it is not yet clear how the
bankruptcy filing would ultimately affect
construction of those projects, both of
which are three years overdue.
In a media statement, Westinghouse
indicated the restructuring was due to financial and construction challenges with
its nuclear power plant projects.
The New York Times indicated the nuclear construction projects undertaken
by Scana Energy and Georgia Power may
face new contract terms, lawsuits and losses. Cost estimates for Sumner and Votgle
are $1 billion to $1.3 billion higher than
budgeted, and could exceed $8 billion.
Experts indicated the bankruptcy
might terminate the construction contracts and force Scana and Georgia Power to find another builder. Stan Wise,
chairman of the Georgia Public Service
Commission, said the utilities developing
the Votgle station would need to re-evalu-ate the project and determine whether it
would make sense to continue.
Black & Veatch to Provide
EPC Services for FPL
Black & Veatch announced it will
provide engineering, procurement and
construction services for four solar
developments for Florida Power & Light.
The Barefoot Bay, Blue Cypress and
Loggerhead solar plants are being constructed in the Vero Beach area, while the
Hammock plant will be built just east of
Fort Myers. The project sites range from
400 to 600 acres with a combined total
of more than one million solar panels to
be installed, and will begin operations by
the end of 2017.
The four are part of the eight solar proj-ects FPL announced it will build, each
with a capacity of 74.5 MW.
Black & Veatch built three 74.5 MW solar developments for FPL in 2016, which
tripled the utility’s solar capacity.
Sale of FitzPatrick Plant
to Exelon Finalized
Exelon officially completed its purchase of the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear
Power Plant in Scriba, New York.
Entergy Corp. sold the 850-MW facility
for $110 million. Entergy had originally
planned to shut down the plant.
The state of New York authorized up to
$7.6 billion in ratepayer subsidies to keep
FitzPatrick, as well as two other nuclear
plants in the state, operational.
Exelon named Joseph Pacher, former
site vice president at R.E. Ginna Nuclear
Power Plant, as the site vice president for
FitzPatrick. Brian Sullivan, former FitzPatrick site vice president, was retained by
Exelon noted the acquisition is part of
the company’s broader effort to preserve
the nation’s existing nuclear facilities.
400-MW Wind Farm
Enel Green Power North America has
begun operations at the 400-MW Cimarron Bend wind facility in Clark County,
The $610 million project has a long-term power purchase agreement with
Google and the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities.
“We are pleased to announce the entry into service of this major wind farm,
which is also the first in Enel’s US portfolio to generate energy for a corporate
off-taker,” said Rafael Gonzalez, Head
of EGPNA. “Thanks to this significant
achievement, in Kansas we are now
managing our largest portfolio of North
American wind farms and we are further
strengthening EGPNA REP, the joint venture which is supporting our dynamic,
sustainable growth in North America.”
EGPNA also owns four additional
wind facilities totaling 1. 1 GW in Kansas.
Toshiba America Energy
Systems President and
Toshiba announced Ali Azad, president
and CEO of Toshiba America Energy Systems Corporation, departed the company
effective March 31. Though the company
thanked Azad and wished him well, there
was no further information.
Toshiba America Energy Systems Corporation was created on April 1, 2015, to
integrate the company’s thermal, hydropower and nuclear steam turbine and
generator business for both Toshiba and
its Westinghouse subsidiary. Azad was
the division’s only president and CEO.
The news came the same week Westinghouse filed for bankruptcy protec-tion after $6 billion in losses from nuclear
development. Though the company reasserted it would complete new nuclear
development projects undertaken by
Westinghouse, experts were uncertain
how the bankruptcy would affect future
Wartsila to Supply 28-MW
CHP Plant to Canada
Wartsila announced it will supply a 28-
MW combined heat and power plant to
the Meliadine Gold Mine project in Canada for owners Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd.
The order includes five Wartsila 34DF
dual-fuel engines running light fuel oil or