Black & Veatch to design, build air quality controls at Columbia Energy Center

Black & Veatch has been selected to engineer, procure and construct air quality control retrofits to the 1,023 MW Columbia Energy Center, co-owned and operated by Wisconsin Power and Light Co. (WPL), a subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corp (NYSE: LNT). The center, in Pardeeville, Wisc., is approximately 30 miles north of Madison.

Black & Veatch estimates the project will support more than 550 jobs during peak construction periods. The technologies to be installed include a carbon injection system to reduce mercury emissions, dry flue gas desulfurization system to reduce sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions and Pulse Jet Fabric Filter (PJFF) to reduce particulate emissions.

Black & Veatch designed the original wet scrubber systems on Units 4 and 5 of Westar Energy’s (NYSE: WR) Lawrence Energy Center in Kansas. Unit 4’s system became operational in 1968 and was one of the first retrofit SO2 scrubbers in the United States. In 1971, Unit 5’s scrubber system was one of the first SO2 scrubbers in the United States to be installed as original equipment on a new fossil fuel generating plant.

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