Integrated Test Center to be Built by Local Contractor
(Gillette, Wyo.) Last week, the Wyoming Integrated Test Center started searching for users of their new carbon capture research facility based at Dry Fork Station. This week, they’ve selected a contractor to build it.
Basin Electric Power Cooperative announced today that they have signed a contract with Hladky Construction Inc. to construct the test center.
“This is another positive step forward in this project,” says John Jacobs, Basin Electric senior vice president of Operations. “We’re pleased to see this vision unfold, and we’re eager to see the results of innovation and ingenuity come to life at the Dry Fork Station.
Basin Electric is partnered with the Wyoming ITC to provide both the host site and engineering and construction management services. The contract was Hladky was awarded after a competitive bidding process for Phase 2 of general construction work. Pre-construction engineering and design work started in 2015.
Hladky Construction was founded in Gillette in 1972. Since then the company has successfully serviced multiple commercial and industrial projects in Wyoming, Montana, and South Dakota.
“While the ITC will have global reach, it is, at its heart, a Wyoming-driven project,” said Jason Begger, Executive Director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority. “The talents and expertise of Wyoming energy producers, Wyoming researchers and Wyoming scientists will play a significant role in the ITC and we are pleased to have a Wyoming contractor at the helm to construct the facility.
In March 2016 when the Dry Fork Station — which is jointly owned by Basin Electric and the Wyoming Municipal Power Agency — went into routine maintenance mode, a large steel damper was installed into the flue system that will help direct gas to researchers at the test center.
“The Integrated Test Center represents an important step for coal generated power, and the energy industry of Campbell County,” said Scott Heibult with Hladky Construction. “HCI looks forward to working together with the Basin Electric construction team towards a successful completion of this significant project, and the long term benefits it will offer.”
The ITC is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2017.