Australian company helps bring 600MW US power plant into service

In August, Bechtel Power Corporation – an arm of the US-based construction multinational – brought into service the Russell City Energy Centre Power Plant in record time.

The 600MW plant, which is located in California, comprises two combustion gas turbines, two heat recovery steam generators and one steam turbine generator. The plant was taken from first CGT synchronisation to full load and handover in half the best time ever previously achieved by Bechtel for a similar project.

Australian company Provecta Process Automation – which specialises in providing control system solutions, process automation and associated technology engineering services for infrastructure industries – was recognised by Bechtel as being instrumental in in its success.

Provecta, which has a significant history in being engaged by multinational clients for controls and electrical engineering services, provided commissioning planning, controls design review and on-site tuning and support services for the project.

Provecta managing director Andrew Oates said this is the fourth major Bechtel power plant project the company has been involved in.

“Our specialised services by highly skilled staff have with Bechtel and in many other cases made essential contributions to the success of large critical infrastructure projects,” Mr Oates said.

Russell City is the latest in a long line of achievements for Provecta, which this year is celebrating its tenth birthday. Among these is being winner of the Telstra Australian Government NSW small business of the year in 2005.