September 23, 2008

Two CH2M HILL Power Projects Named As Top Gas-Fired Plants By POWER Magazine

Two power projects undertaken by CH2M HILL, a global full-service engineering, procurement, construction and operations firm, were recently named among the 2008 Top 5 Gas-Fired Power Plants in the world in POWER magazine's annual report.

Xcel Energy's High Bridge Combined Cycle Plant in St. Paul, Minn., was recognized as a top plant for its innovative construction and proactive approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. CH2M HILL served as the engineer, procure, construct (EPC) contractor for this 570-megawatt plant, which replaced a 270-megawatt coal-fired plant built in 1923. Commissioned in May 2008, High Bridge will significantly reduce air pollution, including removing all mercury and reducing nitrogen and sulfur oxide by more than 96 percent.

LG Constructors, a CH2M HILL subsidiary, served as the EPC contractor on the 564-megawatt Frank A. Tracy Combined Cycle Plant in northern Nevada for Sierra Pacific Resources. CH2M HILL was also responsible for facility start-up, testing and initial operation. This project is significant in that it will reduce northern Nevada's dependence on expensive out-of-state power by adding 50 percent more capacity. The project was completed in 29 months and entered commercial service in June 2008.

"The success of these two projects clearly demonstrates our ability to provide our customers with an integrated EPC model that differentiates us in the marketplace," said Don Zabilansky, CH2M HILL power group president.

Safety on both projects was of paramount importance. At High Bridge, more than 1.5 million man-hours were worked without a lost-time accident, earning the project the honor of being the first power plant in Minnesota history to win the prestigious OSHA "VPP Star Award." During peak construction, the High Bridge project had a workforce of 400. The Tracy Plant employed a peak workforce of 500 craftsmen. The project team worked 1.2 million hours without a lost-time accident, making it the sixth consecutive large power project exceeding one million hours with no lost-time accidents.

Headquartered near Denver, Colo., employee-owned CH2M HILL is a global leader in engineering, procurement, construction, management and operations for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. With $5.8 billion in revenue and more than 25,000 employees, CH2M HILL is an industry-leading program management, construction management and design firm, as ranked by Engineering News-Record (2008). The firm's work is concentrated in the areas of energy, water, transportation, environmental, nuclear and industrial facilities. The firm has long been recognized as a most-admired company and leading employer, including being named by FORTUNE as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For and one of America's Most Admired Companies (2008). Visit

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