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Blue Water Energy Center

Kiewit Power Constructors
East China, MI

DTE Blue Water Energy Center

Kiewit Power Constructors was hired by DTE to Engineer, Procure and Construct their new $1 billion natural gas-fueled power plant. The Blue Water Energy Center is the most efficient power plant in the state, producing affordable and reliable low-emission electricity for 850,000 homes starting in 2022. It runs on natural gas and uses combined-cycle technology that captures waste heat to produce additional electricity. The plant is 70 percent cleaner and 40 percent more efficient than the three coal-fired plants it replaced. It is a critical component of a balanced energy mix that provides 24/7, always available power generation required when the wind turbines and solar arrays are unable to produce electricity due to weather conditions or time of day.

Kiewit contracted CCC to provide General Contractor services for 12 buildings on the site through four (4) separate contracts. CCC was responsible for:

  1. The Enclosure and build out of four (4) buildings including the Steam Turbine Gener ator Building, Auxillary Boiler Building and two (2) Boiler Feed Buildings.
  2. In addition to this CCC furnished and installed four (4) pre-engineered metal build ings, including all mechanical and electrical components. The buildings were the Administration/warehouse building, Water Treatment Enclosure, Cooling Tower & Chemical Feed Enclosure and the Ammonia Storage Canopy.
  3. On another two (2) buildings, Kiewit performed the concrete and steel work with their own trades and hired CCC to enclose the buildings. Our scope of work included siding, roofing, lightning protection, piping, HVAC and ducting, electrical lighting and building power, building controls, overhead and man door. CCC self-per- formed the miscellaneous steel for numerous wall penetrations. CCC managed multiple subcontractors while working through COVID-19 to deliver a successful project.
  4. The fourth contract involved rigging and installing pre-fabricated penthouse enclosures for the two Heat Recovery Steam Generators – Units 11 and 12. The structures were lifted to their final installation locations at the top of the complex, measuring 110’ in height to the bottom of the structures and 145’ high to the top.
OwnerDTE Energy
ClientKiewit Power Constructors
Delivery MethodGeneral Contractor
Completion2019-2021
LocationEast China, MI

CCC Quick Byte

CCC successfully lifted their fourth and final module of the HRSG-12 Penthouse at the DTE Blue Water Energy Center. This section weighed approximately 45,000 lbs and is now in it’s final resting area at 135’ in the air. Great work to the crew for executing this strenuous portion of the project.

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