Texas solar project pushes petroleum operator toward renewables

Kansas City, Missouri-based architectural firm Burns & McDonnell was hired as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for a new 164 MW solar project in Texas. Located in Hill County, the project is part of petroleum operator Buckeye Partners’ energy transition strategy, adding additional solar generating capacity to the company’s portfolio.

“We are fortunate to partner with forward-thinking innovators in our industry, such as Buckeye, to uniquely capture market opportunities in the renewable energy sector,” said Mark Swanson, vice president for refining, logistics, midstream and chemicals in the industry. oil, gas and chemical group at Burns & McDonnell.

As an integrated EPC contractor, Burns & McDonnell will be responsible for the full scope of the project, including the design, construction, start-up and commissioning and construction of a new 345 kV interconnection substation that distributes energy through the transmission system from the utility company.

“This new solar site demonstrates Buckeye’s continued focus on energy diversity and low-carbon solutions to improve our long-term sustainability while meeting the evolving needs of our customers,” said Todd Russo, CEO of Buckeye. “As a world-class EPC contractor, Burns & McDonnell is the right partner to help us move this critical initiative forward.”

The project includes more than 360,000 First Solar modules and is expected to generate enough energy to power more than 28,000 households annually. Construction started in April 2022 and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2023.

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