IEA has announced that it has secured an approximately USD 50 million wind energy project award in Oklahoma from RWE Renewables.
Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives (IEA), a leading infrastructure construction company with specialised energy and heavy civil expertise, has announced an approximately USD 50 million wind energy project award in Oklahoma from RWE Renewables.
The award is for the construction of the Boiling Springs Wind Farm in Woodward County in northwest Oklahoma. The 148 megawatts (MW) of power generated by the project’s planned 60 GE WTG turbines will be delivered into the Oklahoma electrical grid.
Work on the Boiling Springs project is scheduled to begin in November with full operation by December 2020. The scope of IEA’s work will include construction of project roads, WTG foundations, the MV collection system, 138 kV project substation and a 10.7-mile, 138 kV transmission line.
The contract was secured by IEA Constructors, a division of IEA that manages utility-scale energy and heavy civil infrastructure projects.
RWE Renewables Americas, a division of German-based RWE AG, is the lead developer on the project. The company develops, owns, and operates renewable energy projects across the United States. Its parent, RWE AG, is among the world’s largest owners of renewable power projects.
“We’re excited to break ground on new territory in Oklahoma with our first project in the Southwest Power Pool,” said Silvia Ortin, COO Onshore Wind and Solar PV Americas, RWE Renewables. “Boiling Springs is an example of RWE’s strong focus on the U.S. market, delivering clean energy for the state and significant economic benefits to the local area.”
“Oklahoma is an increasingly important state for wind energy development, and Boiling Springs is a great example of this,” said JP Roehm, IEA’s Chief Executive Officer. “As a leading builder of wind energy projects, IEA is committed to meeting continued strong demand in states such as Oklahoma and across North America.”
According to the American Wind Energy Association, Oklahoma ranks among the top 10 states in the US for wind power capacity under construction or in advanced development, with nearly 2,000 wind-generated megawatts.