Shaw Group to move ahead on 620MW gas-fired power plant for Duke Energy

Source: The Shaw Group Inc.

The Shaw Group Inc. (NYSE: SHAW) announced it received full notice to proceed on a new 620-megawatt natural gas-fired combined-cycle facility at Duke Energy's Dan River Steam Station in North Carolina.

Scheduled to begin operation in late 2012, the new 620-megawatt natural gas-fired combined-cycle generating unit will replace two older units at the facility. At the peak of construction, the project will employ more than 400 workers.

"This project demonstrates Duke's commitment to providing cleaner energy and jobs for its local communities," said Clarence Ray, chief executive officer of Shaw's Power Group. "Shaw is proud to help Duke ensure an affordable, reliable and cleaner energy supply for the future."

In March 2010, Duke awarded Shaw an engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning services contract for the construction of the new facility, and Shaw began working under a limited notice to proceed.

The undisclosed value of the contract will be included in Shaw's Power segment's backlog of unfilled orders in the second quarter of fiscal year 2011.

Also as a part of Duke's long-term plan to add new generation, modernize the fleet and maintain a diverse fuel portfolio, Shaw is constructing a new 620-megawatt gas-fired unit at Duke's Buck Steam Station in North Carolina, which is scheduled for completion in late 2011. The similarities and close timing of the two projects allow for maximum use of design replication and other synergies that are resulting in significant savings to Duke Energy.

The Buck and Dan River projects will use state-of-the art environmental control technology to minimize plant emissions. These controls, combined with the retirement of the older units on the two sites, will help reduce environmental emissions of NOX and SO2 at the sites.

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