• SCOPE OF WORK

    Engineering, procurement, and construction

  • SCHEDULE

    2010–2013

  • BUSINESS

    Infrastructure

Delivering efficient and environmentally friendly power to the Bay Area

Bechtel was the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the 620-megawatt Russell City Energy Center near the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay. 

The natural gas-fired combined-cycle facility, which uses advanced emissions control technology, is more efficient and significantly cleaner than plants using old technology. The Russell City facility is helping repower Northern California's antiquated generating infrastructure. 

Owned by Calpine Corporation and GE Energy Financial Services, the power plant became operational in 2013. 

Inside the project

The facility uses the most advanced emissions-control technology available today for a natural gas-fired power plant. The plant conserves water by using reclaimed wastewater from the city of Hayward's Water Pollution Control Facility for all cooling and boiler 'makeup' ( to replace water that was lost in boiler operations).

This environmentally responsible process will prevent up to 4 million gallons (15 million liters) of wastewater from being discharged into San Francisco Bay each day.

  • Members of the project team
  • The project team installs concrete formwork
  • Project engineers review the power plant’s steam generator
  • Craft workers in the project’s lunch tent
  • The Russell City Energy Center is up to 40 percent more efficient than comparable power plants operating with older technologies
  • The plant uses reclaimed wastewater from the city of Hayward's Water Pollution Control Facility for cooling and to replace water lost in boiler operations
  • The plant became operational in 2013
  • The 620-megawatt facility is located near the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay
  • The facility prevents up to 4 million gallons (15 million liters) of wastewater from being discharged into San Francisco Bay each day