Client: American Electric Power/Markwest Energy Partners
AEP, one of the largest utilities in the nation, had to meet sudden increased system demands due to the development of the Utica and Marcellus shale gas deposits found in its Ohio service territory. Multiple gas companies, including MarkWest, had urgent power supply needs, requiring fast-track substation additions to AEP’s system. To meet the demanding schedule, POWER Engineers managed both the AEP and MarkWest facilities as a single project with a subsequent division of the Power Delivery facilities.
POWER Engineers was the Program Manager for this series of customer-driven capital improvement projects to meet the gas companies’ urgent deadlines. POWER’s role as Program Manager was a variation of the traditional Owner’s Engineer model that AEP had used. The model, similar to EPCM, maximized AEP’s role in procurement and POWER’s role in engineering, project controls, and construction management.
- Fast-Track Projects—These substation installations were completed three to four months faster than a typical AEP system upgrade, which was critical for AEP’s customer in this highly competitive environment.
- Cost-Effective Procurement Method—AEP realized savings in equipment costs and did not have to expend its strained engineering and management staff for these customer-driven projects.
- Effective Stakeholder Communication—POWER’s program platform for communication, POWER360®, facilitated the multiple stakeholders, including the serving gas company, for an improved flow of information throughout this time-critical program.
- Steamtown 138/12 kV Substation, serving a gas fractionation plant. The new station features five breaker, 138 kV ring bus, four 138-12 kV, 25 MVA transformers, and three lineups of outdoor 12 kV switchgear.
- Blackhawk 138/12 kV Substation, serving a gas refrigeration and compression plant. It features five 138 kV breakers, two 138-12 kV, 25 MVA transformers, and two lineups of outdoor 12 kV switchgear.
- Crimm Road 69/12 kV Substation, serving a gas processing plant. It features three 69 kV breakers and a looped, 69 kV transmission line.
- Project and program management
- Project controls
- Project scheduling
- Environmental permitting
- Substation design, using MicroStation XM 3D modeling
- Transmission line design
- Construction management