Sustainability

Clean Energy Mix

For nearly a century Bechtel has been a leader in clean energy, and we are well-positioned to help our customers meet the global demand for low-carbon, affordable, and reliable energy. Our value proposition is finding the right solution for every country's unique energy needs, resources, and ambitions.

Combined-cycle gas facility

Panda Sherman and  Temple I and Temple II, as well as Stonewall Energy Center are among the cleanest natural-gas-fueled power plants operating in the United States. Together they will generate more than 3,000 megawatts (mw) of energy to power 3 million homes but emit half the carbon emissions of equivalent coal-fired electricity. Built with the most advanced emissions control technologies, they have a zero-emission discharge.

Hydropower

Bechtel is constructing the 695-mw Keeyask Generating Station, one of the largest hydroelectric plants in North America, using approximately 212,000 cubic feet (6,003 cubic meters) of water per second, more than twice the flow of Niagara Falls. When complete, Keeyask will supply 25 percent more energy to the Manitoba and provide power to nearly 400,000 homes with renewable energy.

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

Bechtel has built nearly one-third of the world's LNG capacity—more than any other contractor—to meet the global demand for low-carbon fuels. Our experience includes 16 sites in 10 countries, including Curtis Island and Wheatstone LNG, both in Australia; Sabine Pass Liquefaction, Louisiana; Atlantic LNG, Trinidad and Tobago; and EG LNG, Equatorial Guinea. Our technology collaboration with ConocoPhillips, using the Optimized Cascade® LNG Process, removes carbon dioxide and other contaminates from the raw gas before liquefaction.



Nuclear

Nuclear energy is the only zero-carbon baseload technology—capable of producing electricity at full power, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, regardless of weather conditions. Bechtel delivered the Watts Bar Unit 2 nuclear reactor in Tennessee. As the first nuclear power plant in the U.S. authorized to operate in more than a decade, it will generate nearly 2,300 mw of clean, carbon-free electricity—enough to power more than 1.3 million homes and businesses in the Tennessee Valley. An equivalent amount of energy generated by burning coal would emit 8 million tons of carbon dioxide every year. To extend the potential of nuclear power, Bechtel and Babcock & Wilcox, formed generation mPower, LLC, to build small modular reactors, that are safe, reliable, and cost-effective alternative to new generation nuclear facilities.

Retrofits

With the growing demand for practical solutions to climate change considerations, we work with customers to retrofit existing facilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With our partners, Bechtel installed state-of-the-art air-quality-control systems for the 2,220-mw Sammis coal-fired power complex in Ohio.

Solar

Three of the Bechtel-built solar projects Catalina Solar PV Generating Facility (110 mw), Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (377 mw), and California Valley Solar Ranch (250 mw) are powering some 275,000 homes in California. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is the world's largest solar thermal facility, and it has nearly doubled the amount of commercial solar thermal energy now generated in the U.S.