Idaho-designed geothermal plant wins engineering award
HAILEY, Idaho (Jan. 2, 2019) ‒ The American Council of Engineering Companies of Idaho recently awarded the POWER Engineers Incorporated (POWER)-designed Kizildere-3 Geothermal Power Plant first place for the 2018 Engineering Excellence Awards Competition in the Energy category. The plant is owned and operated by Zorlu Energy, a major Turkish contractor, investor and industrial holding company.
Kizildere-3, Turkey’s largest geothermal power plant, is one of the world’s only triple-flash plus combined cycle configuration geothermal plants, an arrangement that combines two well-known types of technology to increase efficiency. With the addition of this 165 MW geothermal plant to Turkey’s generation fleet, the country can further reduce its dependence on imported fossil fuels.
“Our number one priority was to help Zorlu meet its fast-track schedule with an efficient, state-of-the-art plant, which was no small feat,” said POWER Project Manager Dwight Cole. “By being flexible and actively engaged with Zorlu throughout the project, our team successfully met their high standards and designed an outstanding power plant.”
The plant has created new job opportunities during development, construction and operation, and contributes to free district heating, greenhouse cultivation and thermal tourism. Educational tours have been conducted at the plant for student and industry groups to increase awareness of the benefits of geothermal power and to inspire the next generation of engineers in their local communities. The plant also provides research opportunities for local universities and chemical suppliers to aid in finding new treatments and testing cutting-edge technology which helps future power plant development.
POWER conducted a project evaluation study and conceptual design and provided detailed plant and separator station design including civil, architectural, mechanical, structural, electrical and controls disciplines. POWER also assisted with equipment and materials procurement, and construction, start-up and commissioning activities.