Work to begin on Bountiful power plant

Sep 2 2011 - 10:06pm

BOUNTIFUL -- Work on phase II of a $25 million power plant upgrade is expected to begin next week.

Crews are expected to begin demolition of a Bountiful City Light & Power Company building on 200 West as early as Tuesday, to initiate construction of a building that will house two natural gas turbines.

One key component of that project was recently advanced when the city council voted unanimously to award a $4.6 million contract to Big D Construction to construct the facility that will house the generators.

The generators have already been ordered, and Allen Johnson, director of BCL&P, said a September starting date for construction should allow crews to have the foundation and walls up by January, when the turbines are scheduled for delivery.

He said cranes will move the generators into place and then the building construction will be finished around the new turbines.

In a best-case scenario, Johnson said, officials hope to have the new power plant operating by July to generate power for the summer season.

The turbines will burn a mix of diesel and natural gases. The plan is to replace five of the older engines with the natural gas turbines and to keep two other engines in operation as well.

The turbines are expected to cut emissions significantly at the plant.

The project is expected to come in at approximately $23 million to $25 million before it is online. Johnson said recent changes mean the project will come in closer to $25 million.

Officials approved a bond package for $15.2 million of the project cost last year, backed by a 5 percent rate increase to customers of Bountiful City Light & Power that went into effect Dec. 1.

The remaining portion of funding for the project will come from the city's capital reserve funds, said City Manager Tom Hardy.

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