Burns & McDonnell completes construction of three 60 MWh capacity energy storage projects in West Texas



KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Burns & McDonnell has completed construction of three 10 MW/20 MWh lithium-ion batteries energy storage (BESS) in West Texas. The three project sites were erected, commissioned and commissioned in just five months, delivering the project on time amid a volatile supply chain and logistics market.

The batteries are designed as self-contained energy resources to support the Texas power grid as it experiences fluctuations in supply and demand. The addition of more renewable energy sources means less chance of roll outs. It also means reduced emissions, with no polluting elements in battery configurations.

the integrated engineer procurement design team (EPC). has overcome many challenges, including a seasonally rainy summer in west Texas, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and congestion at seaports and customs. To stay on schedule, the team worked weekends and communicated closely with suppliers and logistic partners to deliver the project on time.

“Having an integrated EPC team allowed for a smooth transition between phases of the project,” said Josh Tucker, project manager at Burns & McDonnell. “It also allowed us to work with our construction team to change the schedule, rearrange tasks and properly hand off the system between build and commissioning to ensure the project was brought online and generating revenue by the promised completion date.”

From the start of the project, Burns & McDonnell worked closely with the battery supplier to LG energy solutionto coordinate the design, as well as the delivery of equipment and materials to the site throughout construction and commissioning. Burns & McDonnell integrated the system components Emerson’s ovation™ automation technology that enables reliable, secure and robust asset monitoring and control. As an open-source platform, the Ovation software increases visibility into battery operations and simplifies system administration, allowing the owner/operator of the BESS to view, tweak and modify the controller years after commissioning as system requirements change.

“Battery energy storage projects are fast-paced and staying on schedule was critical to bringing the project online and providing reliable power to Texas customers,” said Sara Graziano, Partner and Investment Committee Chair Sustainable Environmental Renewable (SER) Capital Partners. “Working together with a battery supplier with a deep understanding of their technology and an integrated EPC contractor who understands system integration requirements was critical to the on-time delivery of this project.”

The integrated EPC team worked closely with SER to ensure a seamless transition to the operational phase by training SER during commissioning and commissioning activities.

“I am pleased with what we have achieved with LG Energy Solution and SER on this project,” said Matt Domeier, director of EPC storage at Burns & McDonnell. “The battery storage units will provide reliable and robust power to West Texas.”

According to Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine, Burns & McDonnell is one of the top 10 design firms in the United States and #1 in power. In addition, the company is ranked among the top 10 design-build companies in the country.


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