By Nick Gilbert
RMT, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for renewable energy projects, has been awarded a contract by Alliance Power, a wind energy developer, to design and construct its Colorado Highlands Wind project.
Colorado Highlands Wind is a 67-MW project in the Logan County of Colorado consisting of 42 GE 1.6-MW wind turbines. RMT will be providing the electrical and civil infrastructure for the installation. Roads, turbine foundations, crane pads and paths are to be constructed. A 115-kV project transmission line stretching for 6.2 mi and a 34.5/115-kV power substation are part of the electrical infrastructure to be installed. A switchyard for interconnection to Western Area Power Administration's system is also to be made, along with tower erection and tower wiring. Construction of the operations and maintenance building, the mechanical turbine and inspections and testing are also part of the general contract.
The Colorado Highlands Wind project is expected to generate sufficient power for around 19,000 homes. All the power generated by the wind project is to be supplied to the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association as part of a 20-year power purchase agreement. Tri-State is a not-for-profit provider of power. It supplies power to rural electric cooperatives in the states of New Mexico, Wyoming, Nebraska and Colorado. The construction for the project which commenced in late April 2012 is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
RMT is constructing seven renewable energy projects in 2012 which totals 555 MW of power generation.