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Burns & McDonnell Awarded EPC Contract for West Texas Storage Projects

By District Energy posted 06-14-2021 13:04


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Burns & McDonnell was selected by LG Energy Solution and Sustainable Environmental Renewable (SER) Capital Partners to provide engineer-procure-construct (EPC) services for three 10-megawatt/20 megawatt-hour lithium-ion, stand-alone battery energy storage systems. The three facilities are located in the West Texas region.

The project consists of owner-provided LG Chem battery racks populated with JH3 and JH4 modules. Burns & McDonnell has engaged in its direct-hire subsidiary Ref-Chem to complete construction and installation of the batteries. Containers will be shipped to the job site with empty racks prewired to direct current combiner panels and alternating current auxiliary panels.

“Having a fully integrated EPC team allows our direct-hire construction professionals to provide seamless coordination throughout the upfront planning and design phase of the project,” says Matt Domeier, director of energy storage EPC projects at Burns & McDonnell. “When they get in the field, our professionals are comfortable with the job site, know the team and can resolve any unexpected challenges in real time to navigate changes and keep projects on track. There are a lot of moving parts to this project and our integrated team is effectively collaborating to identify efficiencies throughout every phase.”

The heating, ventilation and air conditioning design will consist of direct expansion cooling units to provide cooled and conditioned air to the building, as well as to the face of the battery racks to maintain consistent temperatures. Burns & McDonnell is building a computational fluid dynamics model to confirm the airflow and temperature distribution.

“Our team is incredibly excited to provide integrated EPC services for LG Energy Solution and SER,” says Adam Bernardi, business development manager focused on renewables at Burns & McDonnell. “These battery energy storage systems will help supply reliable and resilient energy to West Texas.”

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