Mortenson wins 500-MW wind park construction job from Xcel

Wind turbines in Colorado. Image by: Mortenson (www.mortenson.com).

September 9 (Renewables Now) - US utility Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL) has tasked engineering services provider Mortenson with building its 500-MW Cheyenne Ridge wind park in Colorado.

The particular wind farm will be installed in the state’s Cheyenne and Kit Carson counties and is slated for commissioning in December next year, Mortenson said on Friday. Denmark’s Vestas Wind Systems (CPH:VWS) will be the hardware provider, supplying 225-V120 and 25-V110 turbines.

Under the project, Mortenson will be responsible for building access roads, foundations, collection, substation and an operation and maintenance (O&M) building. It will also take care of the turbine installation and tower wiring. The firm noted it will self-perform all civil, foundation, turbine erection, collection and substation construction works.

The Cheyenne Ridge plant will be the second-largest single-phase wind project in Colorado after the 600-MW Rush Creek wind complex, also owned by Xcel and constructed by Mortenson. The project is in line with the utility’s goal to supply 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050 as part of its new clean energy vision and the state’s roadmap for 100% renewables power by 2040.

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