Mortenson Construction Selected to Build Nevada’s First Wind Project
June 30, 2011
Minneapolis, MN - Minneapolis-based Mortenson Construction (Mortenson) was recently selected by Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern), a leading San Francisco-based wind and transmission developer for the construction of the 150-megawatt Spring Valley Wind project, 30 miles east of Ely, Nevada. The Spring Valley project marks the team's ninth project together – with the partnership most recently completing the St. Joseph Wind Project in St. Joseph, Manitoba.
“We’re very pleased to have the opportunity to continue our relationship with Pattern Energy on Nevada’s first wind project,” said Kevin Deters, a general manager of Mortenson’s Renewable Energy Groups. “The Spring Valley Wind project will mark another project showcasing the commitment that Mortenson and Pattern Energy bring to the renewable energy market.”
Located on 7,673 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property, the 66 2.3-megawatt Siemens turbines will utilize an existing 230 kV transmission line for interconnection that runs through the site. Mortenson is responsible for the design and construction of access roads, foundations, turbine erection, underground collection, 230kV substation and an O&M building. Construction will begin mid-July with an anticipated completion date of June, 2012.
According to the Department of the Interior, BLM manages vast stretches of public lands that have the potential to make significant contributions to the Nation’s renewable energy portfolio. The BLM ensures that proposed projects meet all applicable environmental laws and regulations. During the engineering and construction process Mortenson will work with a heightened sensitivity to environmental, ecological and cultural influences that affect the project site.