Tres Amigas, LLC has awarded POWER Engineers a contract to perform engineering services for the Tres Amigas SuperStation. POWER Engineers will serve as the Owner's Engineer for the project and provide a wide range of engineering support to design, specify and manage the engineering activities for the project.
The project, to be located in Clovis, New Mexico, near the Texas/New Mexico border, will enhance the reliability of the country's electricity network and facilitate the efficient transfer of clean energy between regions, notably interconnecting North America's three primary electric transmission grids: the Eastern (Southwest Power Pool), Western (Western Electricity Coordinating Council) and Texas (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) networks. When operational, the SuperStation will serve to improve power reliability and solve voltage and stability problems caused by the intermittent generation of renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal generation. It will have significant reactive power capability that can be controlled at each interconnection, thereby improving stability, transfer capability and transmission efficiency.
POWER Engineers will immediately begin engineering design work for the SuperStation, which will employ the latest HVDC technology in voltage source converters from Alstom Grid, and superconductor cables from LS Cable and Nexans that use American Superconductor's proprietary Amperium wire. Construction is expected to commence in 2011, and the SuperStation is scheduled to begin commercial operations by 2014.
POWER Engineers is also pleased to provide the design services that will lead to construction of the Viridity Energy Inc. commercial operations center for Tres Amigas. By closely integrating these resources through CH2M HILL's program management services and with the engineering analytics of Burns & McDonnell, the planning insights of ZGlobal and the battery capability of Xtreme Power, Tres Amigas has assembled an All-American team of companies to construct this much-needed facility for North America.