CH2M HILL and GE to Design and Build US$660 Million Gas-Fired Power Plant: Largest in Australia

Jun 12, 2007, 01:00 ET from CH2M HILL

    DENVER, June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- CH2M HILL and GE Energy (GE) today
 announced its consortium will be the engineer, procurement and construction
 (EPC) contractor for Australian-based Origin Energy's new 630 megawatt
 Darling Downs Power Station to be located in Queensland, Australia. CH2M
 HILL and GE will design and construct the US$660 million (AUD$780 million)
 project, which will operate from single-fuel plant firing coal seam methane
 gas and utilize an air-cooled condenser for the plant's primary cooling
     CH2M HILL will perform the engineering, design and procurement of the
 offshore "balance of plant" equipment for the project, integrating with the
 GE-supplied three Frame 9E gas turbine generators, a C7 steam turbine
 generator and three heat recovery steam generators.
     CH2M HILL will partner with Laing O'Rourke Australia for the site
 execution of the project works as well as supplying equipment, components
 and materials through the company's Australian Industry Participation Plan.
     "We are pleased that our consortium team of CH2M HILL and GE were
 selected for Origin Energy's new power station," said Don Zabilansky,
 president, power business group, CH2M HILL. "We look forward to executing
 this marquee project, along with both GE and our site execution partner
 Laing O'Rourke," Zabilansky said.
     "The combined cycle gas turbines, together with the use of coal seam
 gas for fuel will ensure the plant has extremely low carbon dioxide
 emissions," said Grant King, Origin Energy's managing director. "The use of
 air cooling will put minimal demand on the State's precious water supply,"
 King said.
     Plant construction is expected to begin in August 2007, commissioning
 in the fourth quarter of 2009, and ramping up of full commercial operation
 in the first quarter of 2010.
     CH2M HILL has been actively performing projects in Australia since the
 early 1980s. The company has four area offices in Brisbane, Sydney,
 Melbourne and Perth, as well as in Auckland, New Zealand.
     Throughout Australia, CH2M HILL's staff uses technology transfer and
 project development capabilities to complete projects that meet world class
 standards. CH2M HILL has successfully established relationships and joint
 ventures with local firms to expand our network of expertise in the power
 industry, strategic planning, environmental management and technology and
 infrastructure development.
     About CH2M HILL
     Headquartered in Denver, 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 for fee and design firm, as ranked by
 Engineering News-Record (2006). The firm's work is concentrated in the
 areas of power, energy, environment, manufacturing, life sciences,
 transportation, water, communications, construction and industrial
 facilities. CH2M HILL has more than 19,000 employees in regional offices
 around the world.