The Cricket Valley Energy Center is an 1100-megawatt combined-cycle natural gas-fired generation facility with a low-impact design and advanced emissions control technology. This plant uses GE power generation equipment including three combustion turbines, each paired with a heat recovery steam generator and steam turbine generator.
O&G Industries developed a 70-acre, off-site laydown area, entrances to that area and to the main site, and the 193-acre main site itself. Work included grubbing, topsoil stripping, all earth movement, site drainage, underground electrical and mechanical piping and vaults, structural concrete construction, and finish site stone, gravel roadways, and paving.
Continuous QA/QC activities involved inspecting, monitoring, sampling, and testing concrete, steel reinforcement, embedments, mechanical piping, electrical duct banks, and earthwork. Consistent results allowed O&G to complete this contract on time and within the critical tolerances required for the setting of alignment-sensitive equipment.
Bechtel Corporation conducted two, week-long site safety assessments to verify compliance with their Environmental, Safety and Health (ES&H) Program. O&G’s 1922 observed activities were scored at 97/100 for meeting and exceeding critical safety requirements. The Assessment Team told O&G that it was one of the highest rankings they had ever awarded.
The schedule was maintained despite severe winter working conditions.