Cleaner energy for a cleaner future
Our customers are leading the way in meeting the growing demand for clean, efficient power from the sun, wind, and other sources of renewable energy.
We have served as the contractor of choice for a wide range of power generation facilities for more than half a century, creating and delivering some of the most innovative solutions for the energy markets. We also assist with the transmission of that energy to where it is needed most and project financing and development.
The U.S. Department of Energy states that the world's energy needs for an entire year can be powered by the amount of sunlight that hits the earth's surface in just an hour and a half. That is an extraordinary statistic and one that focuses our minds on forward-thinking energy policies and practices to help us deliver the most efficient solar projects.
We are helping our customers add solar photovoltaic as well as concentrating thermal solar power technologies to decarbonize their energy portfolios — including delivering some of the world's most landmark solar projects — and look forward to continuing to push the boundaries in this rapidly growing market.
On and offshore wind are two of the fastest-growing energy technologies in the world. Bechtel brings a broad range of cross-sector engineering and design experts to help optimize the design, fabrication, installation, high voltage interconnection, and transmission. Customers also benefit from our legacy oil and gas capability that provides valuable lessons for innovative offshore wind power projects.
Over the decades, we have partnered with our customers to build 50 hydroelectric plants, producing more than 37,600 megawatts of hydropower — which is equivalent to 80% of the U.K.'s entire power demand. One of our most iconic projects, the Hoover Dam, built in the 1930s, is still producing more than 4 billion kilowatts of hydroelectric power each year, serving 1.3 million people across three states.
Currently, we are helping Manitoba Hydro deliver the Keeyask Generating Station on the Nelson River, Canada's fourth-longest river, in temperatures that reach as low as -70º C (-94º F) with wind chill. This past summer, the volume of water at Keeyask totaled some 212,000 cubic feet (6,000 cubic meters) per second — more than twice the flow of Niagara Falls – that will help meet the growing energy demands of the province.