Halyard Energy signs EPC contract for a peaking power plant in Texas

Written By: Jen Neville
January 15, 2018

Halyard Energy recently announced that Halyard Energy Wharton signed an EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contract with Lauren Engineers & Constructors for the Halyard Wharton Energy Center (HWEC) in Wharton County, Texas. The HWEC, located within the South Zone of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), is set to be a 348 MW natural gas-fired, simple-cycle power generating facility.

“Lauren brings the experience and integrity we are looking for; with more than 33 years of successfully designing and building similar projects. They are strategically located to provide full turnkey services to bring the project to successful completion,” says Chris DePodesta, partner at Halyard.

The HWEC is scheduled to enter commercial operations in 2019 and is claimed to complement the substantial and steady growth of renewable resources and load within ERCOT, which serves 24 million customers. In the past year, several significant coal-fired retirements have been announced, substantially lowering ERCOT’s reserve margin. As a result, the likelihood of scarcity pricing events has increased. The HWEC has received all permits and entitlements required to begin construction in 2018, allowing it to best respond to the current market conditions.

“The energy mix in Texas is trending toward intermittent generation resources as the demand for power continues to increase. Considering the retirements of baseload facilities, it is clear there is a need for new peaking power,” says Karl Dahlstrom, partner at Halyard. “Our Wharton plant fills an immediate need for flexible generation and our plan for additional gas-fired plants align with future demands in the market.”

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