Bechtel and Reed & Reed selected to deliver new Black Rock Wind Farm


Earlier last week, Bechtel announced it will deliver the new Black Rock Wind Farm in a joint venture with Reed & Reed. According to the Company, the new wind farm represents a nearly 15% increase in Virginia’s wind power and will produce enough green energy to power 34,000 homes.

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Bechtel and Reed & Reed JV at the Black Rock Wind Farm project

On January 25th, Bechtel, the Engineering, Construction, and Project Management developer, announced it will deliver the Black Rock Wind Farm Project in Virginia. In this regard, the Company will engineer, procure, and construct the farm in a joint venture with Maine-based contractor Reed & Reed.

Clearway Energy Group was in charge of selecting the awarded venture to lead construction on the Black Rock wind farm in Grant and Mineral counties. In consequence, the Bechtel-Reed & Reed partnership will handle the project from engineering to completion.

After the announcement, expectations foresee the Black Rock Wind Farm to increase by 15% the state’s wind power. Accordingly, the project will produce enough green energy to power 34,000 homes.

Furthermore, the Bechtel-Reed & Reed venture will also include twenty-three Siemens-Gamesa SG 5.0-145 wind turbines. Specifically, these turbines will be producing 115 MW of electricity; this at the point of interconnection to the First Energy electrical grid. In the end, the company will implement this infrastructure on 107.5-meter-tall towers

“We’re excited to partner with Bechtel and Reed & Reed and look forward to the potential that their combined resources can bring to this critical project,” said Chris Fox, Vice President of Construction at Clearway Energy Group.

“This represents Clearway’s second renewable project in West Virginia and provides a great opportunity for us to add construction jobs and permanent positions to our existing workforce in the state. Black Rock represents an important and growing sector of West Virginia’s economy, and we are proud to help drive that growth.”

Reception and about the Company:

“The Black Rock Wind Farm is a significant contribution to renewable wind production in the region. So, we are delighted to have Reed & Reed as partners. Furthermore, we are eager to join Clearway Energy Group on their path to deliver clean energy for future generations;” said Kelvin Sims, Bechtel’s Infrastructure general manager, Americas.

“In this regard, our customers are setting ambitious targets to decarbonize energy systems; so, we’re excited to support them in their journey to net-zero.”  

“Our partnership with Bechtel combines two leading companies in the new world economy of renewable energy.  All of us at Reed & Reed are pleased to begin work on this project with our partners from Bechtel.  It’s a chance to demonstrate our expertise and experience in wind projects in a new region.  We are especially pleased to have been selected by Clearway to build such an important project;” said Jackson Parker, CEO of Reed & Reed, Inc.

To summarize, the project will create around 200 construction jobs, with several permanent positions when operational. Additionally, once the wind farm is active, it will save 298,500 metric tons of CO2 emissions. Indeed, it is currently scheduled for late 2021.

Bechtel is a trusted engineering, construction, and project management (EPC)  partner to industry and the US government. Since 1898, the Company has helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries. Consequently, the developer has a long story of creating jobs, growing economies, improving infrastructure resiliency, and increasing access to energy, resources, and vital services.

Currently, Bechtel serves the Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; and Mining & Metals markets. Therefore, the Company’s services span from initial planning and investment through start-up and operations.

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