Virginia power plant will be one of the nation’s cleanest.
Bechtel, in consortium with Siemens Energy Inc., is building a state-of-the-art 778-megwatt plant for Panda Power Funds. The new natural gas-fired, combined cycle power plant will generate clean energy for up to 778,000 homes in Virginia and the District of Columbia. Bechtel is responsible for project management, engineering, procurement, construction and startup services for the facility in Loudoun County, Virginia. Bechtel also partnered with Green Energy Partners to develop the project.
In addition to providing much-needed clean energy for the area, the Stonewall Generating Station will also provide numerous economic benefits to the region. These include:
The new facility will use the latest, advanced emissions-control technology.
- Creating approximately 800 construction jobs at the peak of construction
- Creating 30 long-term jobs after construction
- Generating an estimated $20 million per year in direct and indirect spending
- Placing 30 percent of contracting opportunities with local Virginia, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia firms
Inside the project
Stonewall Energy is the fourth combined-cycle power plant project that the Bechtel-Siemens team has undertaken for Panda Power Funds. “We have a long-standing relationship with the Bechtel-Siemens consortium, and they continue to provide value for us as we start to deliver this new generating station to the people of Loudoun County,” said Todd Carter, president and senior partner of Panda Power Funds.
The partnership’s other projects are located in Texas and include Panda Temple I and Panda Temple II, two power plants that generate 1,516 megawatts of clean energy, and the Panda Sherman Generating Station, a 758-megawatt combined-cycle plant near Dallas.
Protecting the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem
The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States and home to an enormous number of plants, animals and people. Its ecosystem includes local rivers and streams and the wildlife they support. Because Stonewall will be cooled using treated wastewater, it will help conserve Virginia’s natural supply of drinking water and prevent discharge of harmful nutrients into the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Meeting EPA Clean Power Plan standards
The Panda Stonewall Project is compliant with the requirements of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan announced on August 3, 2015. The goal of the Clean Power Plan is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. to 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.
Watch our 500-tire trailer—only the sixth vehicle of its kind—navigating the roads of Loudoun County to deliver massive equipment to the site. The massive truck, more than the length of a football field, was used to transport various component parts including the steam turbine generators which will eventually generate energy for the plant. Loudon County residents and officials were a huge help to the project team, supporting the deliveries and helping minimize any impact on the community.